Application of association models to mixtures containing alkanolamines

Ane Søgaard Avlund, Daniel Kunisch Eriksen, Georgios Kontogeorgis, Michael Locht Michelsen

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Two association models,the CPA and sPC-SAFT equations of state, are applied to binarymixtures containing alkanolamines and hydrocarbons or water. CPA is applied to mixtures of MEA and DEA, while sPC-SAFT is applied to MEA–n-heptane liquid–liquid equilibria and MEA–water vapor–liquid equilibria. The role of association schemes is investigated in connection with CPA, while for sPC-SAFT emphasisis given on the role of different types of data in the determination of pure compound parameters suitable for mixture calculations. Moreover, the performance of CPA and sPC-SAFT for MEA-containing systems is compared.The investigation showed that vapor pressures and liquid densities were not sufficient for obtaining reliable parameters with either CPA or sPC-SAFT, but that at least one other type of information is needed. LLE data for a binary mixture of the associating component with an inert compound is very useful in the estimation. The simple 4-site scheme is suitable for both CPA and sPC-SAFT and little is gained by using more complex association schemes. Finally, the results of CPA and sPC-SAFT are overall similar and whatever differences are seen appear to be more related to details in the parametrization rather than the different functional forms of the two equations of state.
Original languageEnglish
JournalFluid Phase Equilibria
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)31-37
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • DEA
  • sPC-SAFT
  • VLE
  • LLE
  • CPA
  • Alkanolamine


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