Multi component equations of state for electrolytes

Yi Lin, Kaj Thomsen, Jean-Charles de Hemptinne

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Four equations of state have been implemented and evaluated for multi component electrolyte solutions at 298.15K and 1 bar. The equations contain terms accounting for short-range and long-range interactions in electrolyte solutions. Short range interactions are described by one of the three equations of state, Peng-Robinson, Soave-Redlich-Kwong, or Cubic-Plus-Association (CPA). Long range interactions are described by either the simplified mean spherical approximation (MSA) solution of the Ornstein–Zernicke equation or the simplified Debye-Hückel term. An optional Born term is added to these electrostatic terms. The resulting electrolyte equations of state were tested by determining the optimal model parameters for the multi component test system consisting of H2O, Na+, H+, Ca2+, Cl-, OH-, SO42-. In order to describe the thermodynamics of this multi component system, ion specific parameters were determined. The parameters in the equations of state were fitted to experimental data consisting of apparent molar volumes, osmotic coefficients, mean ionic activity coefficients, and solid-liquid equilibrium data. The results of the parameter fitting are presented. The ability of the equations of state to reproduce the experimental data is demonstrated. The performance of the equations of state for multi component systems is compared and analyzed in view of the various short range and long range terms employed.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAIChE Journal
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)989-1005
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • equation of state
  • comparative study
  • solid-liquid-equilibrium
  • ion specific parameters
  • electrolyte


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