Density and phase equilibrium of the binary system methane + n-decane under high temperatures and pressures

Teresa Regueira Muñiz, Georgia Pantelide, Wei Yan, Erling Halfdan Stenby

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Densities of the binary system methane + n-decane have been determined through a vibrating tube densitometer from (278.15-463.15) K at pressures up to 140 MPa, and for methane mole fractions up to0.8496. Negative excess volumes were found under the experimental conditions studied. Moreover isothermal compressibility values were obtained by differentiation from the Tammann-Tait correlation ofthe determined density values. Isobaric thermal expansion coefficients were also calculated based on differentiation from the isobaric fit of density data. We also measured the phase equilibrium of thisbinary system by using a variable volume cell with full visibility from (293.15-472.47) K for three mixtures with methane mole fractions of 0.4031, 0.6021 and 0.8496. Liquid fraction upon expansion below the saturation pressure has also been determined. Finally different equations of state were used to calculate the experimental density and excess volume data as well as the phase envelope data. No direct regression of the experimental data was involved in most of the calculation in order to provide a fair comparison of the performance of different models.
Original languageEnglish
JournalFluid Phase Equilibria
Pages (from-to)48-61
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Density
  • Phase equilibrium
  • High pressure-high temperature
  • Methane
  • n-decane


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