Select thermodynamic models for process simulation
A Practical Guide to a Three Steps Methodology


The selection of the most adequate thermodynamics model in a process simulation is an issue that most process engineer have to face sooner or later.

This book, conceived as a practical guide, aims at providing adequate answers by first analyzing the questions to be looked at. The analysis yields three keys that are further discussed in three different chapters : a good understanding of the properties required in the process, and their method of calculation ; an adequate description of the mixture, which is a combination of models and parameters ; and a correct view of the phase behaviour and trends in regard of the process conditions. A decision tree is provided in the fourth chapter, and in the last chapter, the key questions are reviewed for a number of typical processes.

This book is intended for process engineers non specialist of thermodynamics who are confronted with this kind of problems and need a reference book, as well as process enineering students who will find an original approach to thermodynamics, complementary of traditional lectures.

Jean-Charles de Hemptinne has graduated from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL) and owns a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He obtained a national accreditation to conduct research from Lyon 1 University, and is active at IFP Energies Nouvelles since 1991. He is responsible of the thermodynamics teaching unit at IFP-School and recently was appointed IFP-School Professor and Tuck foundation chair for "Thermodynamics for biofuels".

Jean-Marie Ledanois obtained his engineering diploma from IFP-School and his PhD from Ecole Centrale de Paris. He recently retired as full professor from the Simon Bolivar University in Caracas (Venezuela) and has spent a year as a visiting professor at IFP Energies Nouvelles.

Pascal Mougin is Chemical Engineer from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Industries Chimiques (ENSIC), in Nancy, and obtained his PhD from the Institut National Polytechnique de Lorraine (INPL). He has been expert in the Thermodynamics and Molecular Simulation department at IFP Energies Nouvelles, department which he now heads.

Alain Barreau got his Chemical Engineering diploma from the Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers (CNAM), and has spend all his carreer as a research engineer at IFP Energies Nouvelles, in the department of Thermodynamics and Molecular Simulation.