Evaluation of the Thermodynamic Models for the Thermal Diffusion Factor

Mariana G. Gonzalez-Bagnoli, Alexander Shapiro, Erling Halfdan Stenby

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Over the years, several thermodynamic models for the thermal diffusion factors for binary mixtures have been proposed. The goal of this paper is to test some of these models in combination with different equations of state. We tested the following models: those proposed by Rutherford and Drickamer in 1954, by Dougherty and Drickamer in 1955, by Haase in 1969, by Kempers in 1989 and 2002, and by Shucla and Firoozabadi in 1998. The calculated values of thermal diffusion factors were compared with a few sets of experimental data for hydrocarbon mixtures. For calculation of the partial molar properties we applied different thermodynamic models, such as the Soave-Redlich-Kwong and the Peng-Robinson equations of state. The necessity to try different thermo-dynamic models is caused by the high sensitivity of the thermal diffusion factors to the values of the partial molar properties. Two different corrections for the determination of the partial molar volumes have been implemented; the Peneloux correction and the correction based on the principle of corresponding states.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPhilosophical Magazine
Pages (from-to)2171-2183
Publication statusPublished - 2003

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