Calculations of complex phase equilibrium by equal-area method



The equal-area (EA) method is studied with respect to its applicability to a wide range of phase equilibrium scenarios for pure fluids and binary mixtures. The study covers vapor-liquid equilibrium (VLE), liquid–liquid equilibrium (LLE), solid-liquid equilibrium (SLE) and their crossover transitions. The thermodynamic models studied include equation of state, activity coefficient and solid solubility models and their combinations. The performance of the EA method for chain molecules, at very low temperature and nearby the critical point is also investigated. We conclude that the EA method is very reliable and efficient and has a number of advantages over the conventional method. Finally, we apply the EA method to the regression of the model parameters to demonstrate its attractive application. © 2011 American Institute of Chemical Engineers AIChE J, 2012