Automatic isochoric apparatus for PVT and phase equilibrium studies of natural gas mixtures
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We have developed a new automatic apparatus for the measurement of the phase equilibrium and pVT properties of natural gas mixtures in our laboratory. Based on the isochoric method, the apparatus can operate at temperature from 200 K to 500 K at pressures up to 35 MPa, and yield absolute results in fully automated operation. Temperature measurements are accurate to 10 mK and pressure measurements are accurate to 0.002 MPa. The isochoric method utilizes pressure versus temperature measurements along an isomole and detects phase boundaries by locating the change in the slope of the isochores. The experimental data from four gas samples show that cubic equations of state, such as Peng-Robinson and Soave-Redich-Kwong have 1-20% errors in predicting hydrocarbon mixture dew points. The data also show that the AGA 8-DC92 equation of state has errors as large as 0.6% when predicting hydrocarbon mixture densities when its normal composition range is extrapolated.
Zhou, Jingjun (2005). Automatic isochoric apparatus for PVT and phase equilibrium studies of natural gas mixtures. Doctoral dissertation, Texas A&M University. Available electronically from