PT Flash Calculation using PR EOS

PT Flash calculation determines split of feed mixture F with a molar composition Zi, into Vapor V and Liquid L at pressure P and temperature T. These calculations can be done in a excel spreadsheet using Peng Robinson Equation of State (PR EOS). To start with bubble point pressure (PBubble) and dew point pressure (PDew) are determined for feed mixture.

  • P < PDew, Mixture exists as super-heated vapor.
  • P > PBubble, Mixture exists as sub-cooled liquid.
  • PDew < P < PBubble, mixture exist in vapor and liquid phase.

Initial guess of vapor fraction V and Ki is made as following.

V = (PBubble - P)/(PBubble - PDew)
Ki = exp[ ln(Pc/P) + ln(10)(7/3)(1 + ω )(1-T/Tc)]

Based on initial Ki values, iteration is done to get value of V which satisfies material balance on system.

Yi = Ki.Xi
1 = V + L
Zi = V.Yi + L.Xi

where V & L are vapor and liquid fractions. Solving above equations for Xi gives :

Xi = Zi / ( V.( Ki - 1) + 1 )

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At Flash conditions

Σ Yi - Σ Xi = 0

Above equation can be solved by iteration using Newton Raphson method. Function F(V) is defined as:

F(V) = Σ Yi  - Σ Xi
F(V) = Σ [Zi (Ki - 1)/( V.(Ki - 1) + 1)]

Derivative of F(V) is calculated as:

F'(V) = Σ -[Zi(Ki - 1)² /( V.(Ki - 1) + 1)²]

New estimate of vapor fraction is calculated as:

V New = V - F(V)/F'(V)

Function F(V) and F'(V) are calculated based on new vapor fraction and this process is repeated till there is negligible difference in between V and VNew. Vapor fraction thus obtained is then used to estimate vapor and liquid molar composition (Yi & Xi).

Iteration for Ki

Vapor (Yi) and Liquid (Xi) mol fractions estimated above are used to generate values for Ki. Parameters for Peng Robinson EOS are calculated for each component i.

κi = 0.37464 + 1.54226ω - 0.26992ω²
αi = [ 1 + κi (1 - (T/Tc)0.5)]²
ai = 0.45724 (RTc)²α / Pc
bi = 0.07780 RTc / Pc

φiL Calculation

Mixture parameters are calculated.

aij = [(ai.aj)0.5(1 - kij)] = aji
a = ΣiΣj aij.Xi.Xj
b = Σi bi.Xi
A = aP/(RT)²
B = bP/RT

where, kij’s are Binary Interaction Parameter available from literature. Following cubic equation is solved to get ZL.

Z³ + (B-1)Z² + (A-3B² -2B)Z + (B³+B²-AB) = 0

Roots calculated are arranged in descending order, highest root gives ZV and lowest root gives ZL.

Based on ZL, liquid fugacity φiL is calculated for each component.

Liquid fugacity phi using Peng Robinson EOS

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φiV Calculation

Mixture parameters are calculated.

a = ΣiΣj aij.Yi.Yj
b = Σi bi.Yi
A = aP/(RT)²
B = bP/RT

Cubic equation is solved to get ZV.

Z³ + (B-1)Z² + (A-3B² -2B)Z + (B³+B²-AB) = 0

Based on ZV, vapor fugacity φiV is calculated for each component.

Vapor Fugacity using Peng Robinson EOS

Ki is calculated as:

Ki = φiLiV

New values of Ki thus calculated are again used to estimate V and thereafter Xi & Yi. Iteration is repeated till there is no further change in Ki values. Typically, in 10 iterations change in Ki values become negligible.

Spreadsheet

All above calculations along with iterative procedure for flash calculation have been provided in below spreadsheet.

Spreadsheet for PT Flash calculation using PR EOS

Dew T Flash using PR EOS

Dew T flash calculation determine dew point temperature (T) and liquid mol fraction (Xi) for a mixture at given pressure (P) and vapor mol fraction (Yi). These calculations can be performed in excel spreadsheet using Peng Robinson Equation of State (PR EOS).

Estimate temperature T and liquid mol fraction (Xi). T can be estimated as following –

T = Σ Tisat Xi
Tisat = Tc/[ 1 - 3.ln(P/Pc)/(ln(10).(7 + 7ω)) ]

where Pc, Tc and ω are critical constants for a component i. Liquid mol fraction is estimated as following

Xi = Yi/Ki
Ki = exp[ ln(Pc/P) + ln(10)(7/3)(1 + ω )(1-T/Tc)]

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First iteration starts with estimated T and Xi. Parameters for Peng Robinson EOS are calculated for each component i.

κi = 0.37464 + 1.54226ω - 0.26992ω²
αi = [ 1 + κi (1 - (T/Tc)0.5)]²
ai = 0.45724 (RTc)²α / Pc
bi = 0.07780 RTc / Pc

Mixture parameters are calculated next

aij = [(ai.aj)0.5(1 - kij)] = aji
a = ΣiΣj aij.Yi.Yj
b = Σi bi.Yi
A = aP/(RT)²
B = bP/RT

where, kij’s are Binary Interaction Parameter available from literature.
Following cubic equation is solved to get ZV.

Z³ + (B-1)Z² + (A-3B² -2B)Z + (B³+B²-AB) = 0

Above equation can be written as

Z³ + C2.Z² + C1.Z + C0 = 0

Solving Cubic Equation

Cubic equation is solved using following procedure. Calculate Q1, P1 & D.

Q1 = C2.C1/6 - C0/2 - C2³/27
P1 = C2²/9 - C1/3
D = Q1² - P1³

If D >= 0, then equation has only one real root provided by

Z1 = (Q1 + D0.5)1/3 + (Q1 - D0.5)1/3 - C2/3

If D < 0, then equation has 3 real roots, following parameters are calculated

t1 = Q1² / P1³
t2 = (1 - t1)0.5 / t10.5. Q1/abs(Q1)
θ = atan(t2)

Roots are calculated as following –

Z0 = 2.P10.5.cos(θ/3) - C2/3
Z1 = 2.P10.5.cos((θ + 2*Π)/3) - C2/3
Z2 = 2.P10.5.cos((θ + 4*Π)/3) - C2/3

Roots thus calculated are arranged in descending order, highest root gives ZV and lowest root gives ZL.

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Fugacity

Based on ZV, vapor fugacity φiV is calculated for each component.

Vapor fugacity phi using Peng Robinson EOS

As a next step, Liquid phase fugacity is calculated. Mixture properties are estimated as following –

a = ΣiΣj aij.Xi.Xj
b = Σi bi.Xi
A = aP/(RT)²
B = bP/RT

Cubic equation is solved as per method shown above to get ZL.

Z³ + (B-1)Z² + (A-3B² -2B)Z + (B³+B²-AB) = 0

Based on ZL, liquid fugacity φiL is calculated for each component.

Liquid Fugacity using Peng Robinson EOS

Liquid phase mol fraction is calculated as

Xi = Yi.φiViL

New values of Xi thus calculated are again used to estimate φiL and thereafter Xi. This iteration is repeated till there is no further change in Xi values. Typically, in 25 iterations change in Xi values become negligible.

At the end of iteration ΣXi is calculated, if it is close to 1, results are obtained. If not, new value of T is estimated such that ΣXi is close to 1. In excel it can be achieved by using GOAL SEEK function, in which T value is changed to make summation equal to 1.

Note

For some initial values of Temperature, Xi become equal to Yi and summation ΣXi becomes 1, it happens when initial guess for T falls in critical region. For such cases use different value of temperature, such that summation is not equal to 1 and then use Excel GOAL SEEK function to estimate Dew Point Temperature and liquid mol fractions Xi.

Spreadsheet

All above calculations along with iterative procedure for flash calculation have been modeled in below spreadsheet.

Spreadsheet for Dew T Flash using PR EOS

Bubble T Flash using PR EOS

Bubble T flash calculation determine bubble point temperature (T) and vapor mol fraction (Yi) for a mixture at given pressure (P) and liquid mol fraction (Xi). These calculations can be performed in excel spreadsheet using Peng Robinson Equation of State (PR EOS).

Estimate temperature T and vapor mol fraction (Yi). T can be estimated as following –

T = Σ Tisat Xi
Tisat = Tc/[ 1 - 3.ln(P/Pc)/(ln(10).(7 + 7ω)) ]

where Pc, Tc and ω are critical constants for a component i. Vapor mol fraction is estimated as following

Yi = Ki Xi
Ki = exp[ ln(Pc/P) + ln(10)(7/3)(1 + ω )(1-T/Tc)]

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First iteration starts with estimated T and Yi. Parameters for Peng Robinson EOS are calculated for each component i.

κi = 0.37464 + 1.54226ω - 0.26992ω²
αi = [ 1 + κi (1 - (T/Tc)0.5)]²
ai = 0.45724 (RTc)²α / Pc
bi = 0.07780 RTc / Pc

Mixture parameters are calculated next

aij = [(ai.aj)0.5(1 - kij)] = aji
a = ΣiΣj aij.Xi.Xj
b = Σi bi.Xi
A = aP/(RT)²
B = bP/RT

where, kij’s are Binary Interaction Parameter available from literature.
Following cubic equation is solved to get ZL.

Z³ + (B-1)Z² + (A-3B² -2B)Z + (B³+B²-AB) = 0

Above equation can be written as

Z³ + C2.Z² + C1.Z + C0 = 0

Solving Cubic Equation

Cubic equation is solved using following procedure. Calculate Q1, P1 & D.

Q1 = C2.C1/6 - C0/2 - C2³/27
P1 = C2²/9 - C1/3
D = Q1² - P1³

If D >= 0, then equation has only one real root provided by

Z1 = (Q1 + D0.5)1/3 + (Q1 - D0.5)1/3 - C2/3

If D < 0, then equation has 3 real roots, following parameters are calculated

t1 = Q1² / P1³
t2 = (1 - t1)0.5 / t10.5. Q1/abs(Q1)
θ = atan(t2)

Roots are calculated as following –

Z0 = 2.P10.5.cos(θ/3) - C2/3
Z1 = 2.P10.5.cos((θ + 2*Π)/3) - C2/3
Z2 = 2.P10.5.cos((θ + 4*Π)/3) - C2/3

Roots thus calculated are arranged in descending order, highest root gives ZV and lowest root gives ZL.

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Fugacity

Based on ZL, liquid fugacity φiL is calculated for each component.

Liquid fugacity phi using Peng Robinson EOS

As a next step, Vapor phase fugacity is calculated. Mixture properties are estimated as following –

a = ΣiΣj aij.Yi.Yj
b = Σi bi.Yi
A = aP/(RT)²
B = bP/RT

Cubic equation is solved as per method shown above to get ZV.

Z³ + (B-1)Z² + (A-3B² -2B)Z + (B³+B²-AB) = 0

Based on ZV, vapor fugacity φiV is calculated for each component.

Vapor Fugacity using Peng Robinson EOS

Vapor phase mol fraction is calculated as

Yi = Xi.φiLiV

New values of Yi thus calculated are again used to estimate φiV and thereafter Yi. This iteration is repeated till there is no further change in Yi values. Typically, in 25 iterations change in Yi values become negligible.

At the end of iteration ΣYi is calculated, if it is close to 1, results are obtained. If not, new value of T is estimated such that ΣYi is close to 1. In excel it can be achieved by using GOAL SEEK function, in which T value is changed to make summation equal to 1.

Note

For some initial values of Temperature, Yi become equal to Xi and summation ΣYi becomes 1, it happens when initial guess for T falls in critical region. For such cases use different value of temperature, such that summation is not equal to 1 and then use Excel GOAL SEEK function to estimate Bubble Point Temperature and vapor mol fractions Yi.

Spreadsheet

All above calculations along with iterative procedure for flash calculation have been modeled in below spreadsheet.

Spreadsheet for Bubble T Flash using PR EOS

Bubble P Flash using PR EOS

Bubble P flash calculation determine bubble point pressure (P) and vapor mol fraction (Yi) for a mixture at given temperature (T) and liquid mol fraction (Xi). These calculations can be performed in excel spreadsheet using Peng Robinson Equation of State (PR EOS).

Estimate pressure P and vapor mol fraction (Yi). P can be estimated as following –

P = Σ Pisat Xi
Pisat = exp[ ln(Pc) + ln(10)(7/3)(1 + ω )(1-T/Tc)]

where Pc, Tc and ω are critical constants for a component i. Vapor mol fraction is estimated as following

Yi = Ki Xi
Ki = exp[ ln(Pc/P) + ln(10)(7/3)(1 + ω )(1-T/Tc)]

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First iteration starts with estimated P and Yi. Parameters for Peng Robinson EOS are calculated for each component i.

κi = 0.37464 + 1.54226ω - 0.26992ω²
αi = [ 1 + κi (1 - (T/Tc)0.5)]²
ai = 0.45724 (RTc)²α / Pc
bi = 0.07780 RTc / Pc

Mixture parameters are calculated next

aij = [(ai.aj)0.5(1 - kij)] = aji
a = ΣiΣj aij.Xi.Xj
b = Σi bi.Xi
A = aP/(RT)²
B = bP/RT

where, kij’s are Binary Interaction Parameter available from literature.
Following cubic equation is solved to get ZL.

Z³ + (B-1)Z² + (A-3B² -2B)Z + (B³+B²-AB) = 0

Above equation can be written as

Z³ + C2.Z² + C1.Z + C0 = 0

Solving Cubic Equation

Cubic equation is solved using following procedure. Calculate Q1, P1 & D.

Q1 = C2.C1/6 - C0/2 - C2³/27
P1 = C2²/9 - C1/3
D = Q1² - P1³

If D >= 0, then equation has only one real root provided by

Z1 = (Q1 + D0.5)1/3 + (Q1 - D0.5)1/3 - C2/3

If D < 0, then equation has 3 real roots, following parameters are calculated

t1 = Q1² / P1³
t2 = (1 - t1)0.5 / t10.5. Q1/abs(Q1)
θ = atan(t2)

Roots are calculated as following –

Z0 = 2.P10.5.cos(θ/3) - C2/3
Z1 = 2.P10.5.cos((θ + 2*Π)/3) - C2/3
Z2 = 2.P10.5.cos((θ + 4*Π)/3) - C2/3

Roots thus calculated are arranged in descending order, highest root gives ZV and lowest root gives ZL.

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Fugacity

Based on ZL, liquid fugacity φiL is calculated for each component.

Liquid fugacity phi using Peng Robinson EOS

As a next step, Vapor phase fugacity is calculated. Mixture properties are estimated as following –

a = ΣiΣj aij.Yi.Yj
b = Σi bi.Yi
A = aP/(RT)²
B = bP/RT

Cubic equation is solved as per method shown above to get ZV.

Z³ + (B-1)Z² + (A-3B² -2B)Z + (B³+B²-AB) = 0

Based on ZV, vapor fugacity φiV is calculated for each component.

Vapor Fugacity using Peng Robinson EOS

Vapor phase mol fraction is calculated as

Yi = Xi.φiLiV

New values of Yi thus calculated are again used to estimate φiV and thereafter Yi. This iteration is repeated till there is no further change in Yi values. Typically, in 25 iterations change in Yi values become negligible.

At the end of iteration ΣYi is calculated, if it is close to 1, results are obtained. If not, new value of P is estimated such that ΣYi is close to 1. In excel it can be achieved by using GOAL SEEK function, in which P value is changed to make summation equal to 1.

Note

For some initial values of Pressure, Yi become equal to Xi and summation ΣYi becomes 1, it happens when initial guess for P falls in critical region. For such cases use lower value of pressure such that summation is not equal to 1 and then use Excel GOAL SEEK function to estimate Bubble Point Pressure and vapor mol fractions Yi.

Spreadsheet

All above calculations along with iterative procedure for flash calculation have been modeled in below spreadsheet.

Spreadsheet for Bubble P Flash using PR EOS