Modeling the liquid-liquid equilibrium of petroleum fluid and polar compounds containing systems with the PC-SAFT equation of state

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A critical test for the perturbed-chain statistical associating fluid theory (PC-SAFT) equation of state (FOS) is the modeling of systems containing petroleum fluid and polar compounds. In this work, two approaches are proposed for the simplified PC-SAFT EOS to obtain the necessary pure component parameters for the characterized non-associating pseudo-components of petroleum fluids. New pure component parameters of mono-ethylene glycol (MEG) are obtained by considering the liquid liquid equilibrium (LLE) data of MEG with normal hydrocarbons in the estimation process and a simple binary interaction scheme of MEG with pseudo-components is proposed. These new parameters are applied to model LLE of the systems of petroleum fluid + MEG with or without water. The results show that the simplified PC-SAFT EOS yields promising predictions of the key mutual solubility of these systems: 15-18% overall deviations for the systems of petroleum fluid + MEG and 23-25% overall deviations for the systems of petroleum fluid + MEG + water. The two approaches are further studied in a more theoretical manner to show the relationship between the solubility of petroleum fluid in the polar phase and the PC-SAFT parameter segment diameter. (C) 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
JournalFluid Phase Equilibria
Pages (from-to)147-155
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • C7+characterization method
  • LLE
  • MEG
  • Petroleum fluid

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