State Function‐Based Flash Specifications for Open Systems in the Absence or Presence of Chemical Reactions

Fernando De Azevedo Medeiros, Erling Halfdan Stenby, Wei Yan*

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Abstract

Diverse engineering fields request flash calculations like isothermal flash, isenthalpic flash, and isentropic flash. They can be cast as minimization of a thermodynamic state function and solved by Michelsen's Q‐function approach. Flash calculationsforopensystems, i.e. systems where chemical potentials are specified instead of the mole numbers for some components, also belong to this scope. By analyzing the construction of Q‐functions through Legendre transforms, we extend this approach to the flash for open systems in the absence or presence of chemical reactions, resulting in general formulations for various specifications. Forsystems without reactions,the classical framework using mole numbers as independent variables is employed; for those with reactions,the modified‐RAND framework is employed. We present examples for open systems at constant temperature and pressure. Using the Q‐function minimization, we can solve multi componentnon‐reactiveorreactivesystems at a specified chemical potential with quadratic convergence over a wide range of conditions.
Original languageEnglish
JournalA I Ch E Journal
ISSN0001-1541
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020

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