Correlation of solubility of single gases/hydrocarbons in polyethylene using PC-SAFT

Maity, Sunil Kumar (2012) Correlation of solubility of single gases/hydrocarbons in polyethylene using PC-SAFT. Asia-Pacific Journal of Chemical Engineering, 7 (3). pp. 406-417. ISSN 1932-2135

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The knowledge of solubility of gases and hydrocarbons in polymer has enormous importance in the design and development of reactor, polymer foaming, and membrane separation processes. In this work, the solubility of gases and hydrocarbons in polyethylene was correlated using a thermodynamic model based on perturbed-chain statistical associating fluid theory (PC-SAFT). The experimental solubility data of various gases such as ethylene, carbon dioxide, nitrogen, methane, and hydrocarbons of up to chain length of seven in both molten and semicrystalline polyethylene has been reviewed and the suitability of the developed model based on PC-SAFT was then tested using the available solubility data in literatures for various gases and hydrocarbons. Furthermore, the optimum values of adjustable solvents-solute binary interaction parameters (Kij) of PC-SAFT at different temperatures have been estimated by regression of the PC-SAFT model using experimental solubility isotherms. A suitable correlation of Kij with temperature was then developed using the estimated Kij at different temperatures. The solubility calculated from the developed model using the estimated Kij was then compared to the experimental results and a reasonably good correlation was observed

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Maity, Sunil Kumar
Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: gases; hydrocarbons; modeling; PC-SAFT; polyethylene; solubility
Subjects: Chemical Engineering > Biochemical Engineering
Divisions: Department of Chemical Engineering
Depositing User: Team Library
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2014 06:32
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