Examining the adsorption (vapor-liquid equilibria) of short-chain hydrocarbons in low-density polyethylene with the SAFT-VR approach

C. McCabe*, Amparo Galindo, M. N. García-Lisbona, G. Jackson

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Abstract

The versatility of the SAFT-VR approach in the prediction of fluid-phase equilibria of complex fluids is illustrated for systems of short and long hydrocarbons. In particular, we examine the vapor-liquid equilibrium of a mixture of methane + hexatriacontane (C36H74) and the adsorption and coadsorption of light alkanes on low-density polyethylene. The molecules are modeled as chains of square-well segments, and the approach incorporates separate contributions to take into account the effect of monomer-monomer interactions and the bonding of the segments to form chains. In previous work (McCabe, C.; Jackson, G. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 1999, 1, 2057), the phase behavior of pure long-chain n-alkane molecules was examined using the SAFT-VR approach; the intermolecular potential parameters were found to tend to a limiting value as the chain length of the n-alkane increases. Linear relationships with molecular weight for these parameters are used to model the polyethylene polymer in this work.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3835-3842
Number of pages8
JournalIndustrial and Engineering Chemistry Research
Volume40
Issue number17
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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