Multicomponent Adsorption Model for Polar and Associating Mixtures

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The multicomponent potential adsorption theory (MPTA) is revisited in this work for polar and associating systems. MPTA is used in combination with the CPA equation of state. Previous Studies have shown that both MPTA and other theories present difficulties for complex systems. Some of these problems could be due to the fact that the original MPTA assumes that a given adsorbent has the same adsorption capacity (for example, porous volume) for all the adsorbed substances and is adjusted simultaneously to many data. This is a simplified picture, as experimental data indicate that the adsorption capacities of the various components may also differ. In this paper we develop a scheme for the distribution of the potential, which accounts for the presence of the porous space occupied either by just one component or by both components. These capacities are determined by adjustment of the potentials to experimental data on:single-component adsorption. We show that MPTA involving the different adsorption capacities for the different components is capable of predicting binary adsorption data for most of the mixtures considered. In our application of MPTA, we used both the well-known Dubinin-Radushkevich-Astakhov potentials and the potentials directly restored from experimental data by solving the inverse problem. Application of the latter potentials Clearly demonstrates the importance of the difference in adsorption capacities. However, the quality of prediction of binary adsorption is similar for both potentials. Thus, we feel that there is no need to use more complex potentials provided that the difference in the individual adsorption capacities is accounted for.
Original languageEnglish
JournalIndustrial & Engineering Chemistry Research
Issue number11
Pages (from-to)3039-3050
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Engineering
  • Potential-theory
  • Gas-adsorption
  • Limitations
  • Coals


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