High pressure phase equilibrium of ternary and multicomponent alkane mixtures in the temperature range from (283–473) K

Teresa Regueira Muñiz, Yiqun Liu, Ahmad A. Wibowo, Mehrshad Ashrafi, Farhad Varzandeh, Georgia Pantelide, Erling Halfdan Stenby, Wei Yan

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Asymmetric multicomponent alkane mixtures can be used as model systems for reservoir fluids. We have prepared two ternary mixtures, methane/n-butane/n-decane and methane/n-butane/n-dodecane, and two multicomponent mixtures composed of methane/n-butane/n-octane/n-dodecane/n-hexadecane/n-eicosane as model reservoir fluids and measured their phase equilibrium in the temperature range from (283–473) K by using a variable volume cell with full visibility. Their phase envelopes and liquid volume fractions below the saturation pressure have been measured. Four equations of state, including Soave-Redlich-Kwong (SRK), Peng-Robinson (PR), Perturbed Chain Statistical Associating Fluid Theory (PC-SAFT), and Soave-Benedict-Webb-Rubin (Soave-BWR), have been used to predict phase equilibrium of the measured systems. PR and PC-SAFT give better results than others and Soave-BWR gives poor phase envelope predictions which are quite distinct from the predictions by other models. It is generally challenging for any of the tested models to predict all the measured phase envelopes with high accuracy. For predictive calculation of the liquid fractions, the agreement in the low pressure region is good whereas the fractions just below the saturation pressures are difficult to predict. Moreover GERG-2008 has also been tested with the measured methane/n-butane/n-decane system. It over predicts the saturation pressures but predicts low pressure liquid fractions quite accurately.
Original languageEnglish
JournalFluid Phase Equilibria
Pages (from-to)186-196
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • n-alkanes mixture
  • Phase equilibrium
  • Liquid fraction
  • High pressure
  • High Temperature


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