Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (CBE 60553) Solved

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1 It’s all a balance
The van der Waals equation of state captures the balance between molecular attractions and repulsions that characterize a real fluid. The Helmholtz free energy of a monatomic van der Waals fluid can be written
avdW = {−RT ln(v − b) − 1.5RT ln(RT)} + {RT − a/v}
where the terms in the first bracket correspond to the entropic repulsive forces and the terms in the second bracket the energetic attractions.
1. Plot the repulsive, attractive, and total Helmholtz energies of CO2 at 280K vs. log molar volume from 0.04 to 1Lmol−1. The CO2 van der Waals constants are a = 3.6551L2 barmol−2 and b = 0.042816Lmol−1.
2. Plot the compressibility of van der Waals CO2 vs. reduced pressure Pr of 0.1 < Pr < 10 at Tr = 1.05. The critical temperature of CO2 is Tc = 304.2K and critical pressure Pc = 7.376 × 106 Pa. Hint: You will have to solve a cubic numerically. Consider which of the three roots is the relevant one.
3. The compressibility of an ideal gas is Zig = 1. Explain in terms of microscopic interactions why Z is greater or less than 1 for the various values of Pr in your Question 2 plot.
2 We had to talk about it at some point
The fugacity f(T,P) of a gas is defined as the function that satisfies
µ(T,P) = µ◦(T) + RT ln(f(T,P)/P◦))
where µ◦(T) is the chemical potential of the fluid in an ideal gas reference state at reference pressure P◦. The fugacity has units of pressure.
1. What is the limP→0 µ(T,P)? Hint: Remember that all gas are ideal in the limit of zero pressure or infinite volume.
2. What is the limP→0 f(T,P)? Why is fugacity a useful concept?
3. Derive a relationship between the residual volume, vres = v − vig, and compressibility Z.
4. Derive the following relationship between fugacity and compressibility. Use the Gibbs-Duhem relationship between dµ and the other intensive variables.
∂ ln(f/P) = v Z − 1 (1)

5. Because equations of state are usually rational functions in v, it is generally easier to compute f(T,v) than f(T,p) Use the chain rule to relate the derivative above to a derivative in v. Evaluate the expression you get assuming the fluid follows a one-parameter virial equation of state.

7. This ratio f/P is called the fugacity coefficient, φ. When φ > 1, the chemical potential is greater than that of an ideal gas at the same density and temperature, and vice versa when φ < 1. Recall we learned that the second virial coefficient B > 0 at high temperatures, where entropy effects dominate, and B < 0 at low temperatures, where the energetic interactions between molecules dominate. How does the virial EOS chemical potential compare to the ideal gas chemical potential at high temperature? At low temperature? Why?
8. One can do similar calculations for more complex equations of state. Be thankful I didn’t ask you to. They are a mess. If you need the results, look them up.
3 Separating an ideal mixture
The exhaust from a coal-fired power plant contains approximately 12% CO2 in a mixture of other gases, all at 40◦C and 1atm.
1. What is the minimum work, in kJ/kg CO2, to separate the CO2 from the remaining gases at constant T and P, assuming the gas mixture is ideal?
2. What is the minimum work of separation if the mixture is non-ideal and obeys the LewisRandall mixing rules, fˆimix = yifi?
Wmin = −∆Gmix = (NAµA(yA,T) + NBµB(yB,T)) − NAµA(T) − NBµB(T)
4 And fugacity makes a come-back
The virial equation of state can be recast in terms of pressures as
Z(T,P) = 1 + P B2(T) + P 2 C(T) − B(T)2 + …
where B and C are the second and third virial coefficients, respectively. This form becomes particularly easy to work with when we truncated at the linear term in P. For a mixture, it can further be shown that

Bmix = XXyiyjBij Bij = qBiBj
i j
1. Derive an expression for the partial molar volume v¯i of a component in a mixture using the truncated virial equation of state.
2. The component fugacity fˆi(T,P) and the corresponding fugacity coefficient fˆi/yiP = φi(T,P) can be defined in analogy to the expression for the pure component system. Use this definition to derive an expression for lnφi for the virial mixture, integrating as appropriate from the ideal gas limit to P.
∂ lnfˆi/yiP v¯i − v¯ig (2)
3. (4 pts) The second virial coefficients of CO2 and air are −110.7 and −3 cm3 mol−1 at 40◦C. What is the minimum work of separation of 12% CO2 from air approximating the mixture with the virial equation of state?


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