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Efficient and Reliable Mixture Critical Points Calculation by Global Optimization

Domenii publicaţii > Stiinte ingineresti + Tipuri publicaţii > Articol în revistã ştiinţificã

Autori: Dan Vladimir Nichita and Susana Gomez

Editorial: Elsevier, Fluid Phase Equilibria, 291 (2), p.125-140, 2010.


Multicomponent systems may exhibit several critical points or no critical point at all. Local methods can find only one critical point for a given initial guess. Recently, several global methods have been proposed for finding all the solutions of the problem. In the present work, we propose a gradient-based calculation method using global optimization, with temperature and molar volume as primary variables, and with analytical partial derivatives calculated from a two-parameter cubic equation of state. The Tunneling global optimization method is used for finding all the global minima. The implementation is based on a unique feature of the Tunneling method, which is able to find efficiently and reliably multiple minima at the same level. Several mixtures from binaries to petroleum reservoir fluids are used to test the proposed method. Numerical experiments proved the efficiency and reliability of the Tunneling method for finding all mixture critical points.

Cuvinte cheie: phase equilibrium; critical point; cubic equation of state; global optimization; Tunneling method