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1 Center for Energy Resources Engineering, Center, Technical University of Denmark 2 Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark 3 CERE – Center for Energy Ressources Engineering, Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark 4 Department of Chemistry, Technical University of Denmark
The perturbed-chain statistical associating fluid theory (PC-SAFT) equation of state has shown promising results for describing complex phase behaviors and high pressure properties of various systems. It has been proposed as an alternative to the classical cubic equations of state in the petroleum industry. It is, however, far from a simple task to develop a sophisticated oil characterization method for the PC-SAFT EOS. In this work, in order to answer some fundamental questions of developing new characterization methods for PC-SAFT, six methods are proposed to estimate the model parameters by combining the well-behaved correlations of homologous series with the PNA contents and/or by using different fitting approaches. Along with different options in characterization procedure, the performance of these methods is investigated on PVT calculations, i.e. predicting the saturation pressure and density of 80 petroleum fluids over wide temperature, pressure and composition conditions. These options include the molar composition distribution, the specific gravity correlation, the number of pseudo-components, the estimation method of PNA contents and the binary interaction parameters. Two candidate methods are showing better overall performance than the others, with deviations less than 6.0% and 1.3% of saturation pressure and density, respectively. These two methods are further studied for predicting more complete sets of PVT data, i.e. constant mass expansion, differential liberation and separator test, of three petroleum fluids. The results are promising if compared to those available in the literature. © 2014 Elsevier B.V.
Fluid Phase Equilibria, 2014, Vol 375, p. 254-268
Petroleum fluid characterization; PC-SAFT; Equation of state; PNA; Pseudo-components; Characterization; Equations of state; Petroleum fluid; Parameter estimation
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