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Phase Equilibrium Engineering

Traditionally, the teaching of phase equilibria emphasizes the relationships between the thermodynamic variables of each phase in equilibrium rather than its engineering applications. This book changes the focus from the use of thermodynamics relationships to compute phase equilibria to the design and control of the phase conditions that a process needs.

Phase Equilibrium Engineering presents a systematic study and application of phase equilibrium tools to the development of chemical processes. The thermodynamic modeling of mixtures for process development, synthesis, simulation, design and optimization is analyzed. The relation between the mixture molecular properties, the selection of the thermodynamic model and the process technology that could be applied are discussed. A classification of mixtures, separation process, thermodynamic models and technologies is presented to guide the engineer in the world of separation processes. The phase condition required for a given reacting system is studied at subcritical and supercritical conditions.

The four cardinal points of phase equilibrium engineering are: the chemical plant or process, the laboratory, the modeling of phase equilibria and the simulator. The harmonization of all these components to obtain a better design or operation is the ultimate goal of phase equilibrium engineering.


Chemical engineers, chemical industry R&D scientists and process engineering professionals, and graduate students in Applied Process Thermodynamics

Hardbound, 346 Pages

Published: April 2013

Imprint: Elsevier

ISBN: 978-0-444-56364-4


  • Ch.1: Phase equilibrium and process development
    Ch.2: Intermolecular forces, classes of molecules and separation processes
    Ch.3: Phase equilibrium diagrams
    Ch.4: Physical properties and thermodynamic models
    Ch.5: A general approach to phase diagrams for binary systems
    Ch.6: Phase equilibrium engineering Principles
    Ch.7: Phase equilibrium engineering in distillation
    Ch.8: Separation of strongly non ideal mixtures
    Ch.9: Green processes and high pressure solvents
    Ch.10: High pressure fractionation and extraction of natural oils
    Ch.11: Supercritical reactors
    Ch.12. Phase equilibrium engineering in conceptual process design


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