On the Temperature Dependence of the UNIQUAC/UNIFAC Models

Steen Skjold-Jørgensen, Peter Rasmussen, Aage Fredenslund

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Local composition models for the description of the properties of liquid mixtures do not in general give an accurate representation of excess Gibbs energy and excess enthalpy simultaneously. The introduction of temperature dependent interaction parameters leads to considerable improvements of the simultaneous correlation. The temperature dependent parameters have, however, little physical meaning and very odd results are frequently obtained when the interaction parameters obtained from excess enthalpy information alone are used for the prediction of vapor-liquid equilibria. The UNIQUAC/UNIFAC models are modified in this work by the introduction of a general temperature dependence of the coordination number. The modified UNIQUAC/UNIFAC models are especially suited for the representation of mixtures containing non-associating components. The modified models contain the same number of interaction parameters as the original ones, namely two per binary pair of molecules/groups. The resulting simultaneous representation of excess Gibbs energy and excess enthalpy by means of one unique set of parameters is remarkably successful. One may with very good results predict excess Gibbs energy information from UNIQUAC parameters based on excess enthalpy data, and the prediction of excess enthalpy information from only one isothermal set of vapor-liquid equilibrium data is qualitatively acceptable. A parameter table for the modified UNIFAC model is given for the five main groups: CH2, C = C, ACH, ACCH2 and CH2O.
Original languageEnglish
JournalChemical Engineering Science
Issue number12
Pages (from-to)2389-2403
Publication statusPublished - 1980

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