Vapor Liquid Equilibria

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-Tc/T)]

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-Tc/T)]

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.


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.


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.