Cubic Equations of State

This property package implements a general form of a cubic equation of state which can be used for most cubic-type equations of state. This package supports phase equilibrium calculations with a smooth phase transition formulation that makes it amenable for equation oriented optimization. The following equations of state are currently supported:

  • Peng-Robinson
  • Soave-Redlich-Kwong

Flow basis: Molar

Units: SI units

State Variables:

The state block uses the following state variables:

  • Total molar flow rate (mol/s) - flow_mol
  • Temperature (K) - temperature
  • Pressure (Pa) - pressure
  • Mole fraction of the mixture - mole_frac_comp


When instantiating the parameter block that uses this particular state block, 1 optional argument can be passed:

  • valid_phase - "Liq" or "Vap" or ("Liq", "Vap") or ("Vap", "Liq")

The valid_phase argument denotes the valid phases for a given set of inlet conditions. For example, if the user knows a priori that the it will only be a single phase (for example liquid only), then it is best not to include the complex flash equilibrium constraints in the model. If the user does not specify any option, then the package defaults to a 2 phase assumption meaning that the constraints to compute the phase equilibrium will be computed.

Degrees of Freedom

In general, the general cubic equation of state has a number of degrees of freedom equal to 2 + the number of components in the system (total flow rate, temperature, pressure and N-1 mole fractions). In some cases (primarily inlets to units), this is increased by 1 due to the removal of a constraint on the sum of mole fractions.

General Cubic Equation of State

All equations come from “The Properties of Gases and Liquids, 4th Edition” by Reid, Prausnitz and Poling. The general cubic equation of state is represented by the following equations:

\[0 = Z^3 - (1+B-uB)Z^2 + (A-uB-(u-w)B^2)Z - AB-wB^2-wB^3\]
\[A = \frac{a_mP}{R^2T^2}\]
\[B = \frac{b_mP}{RT}\]

where \(Z\) is the compressibility factor of the mixture, \(a_m\) and \(b_m\) are properties of the mixture and \(u\) and \(w\) are parameters which depend on the specific equation of state being used as show in the table below.

Equation \(u\) \(w\) \(Omega_A\) \(Omega_B\) \(kappa_j\)
Peng-Robinson 2 -1 0.45724 0.07780 \((1+(1-T_r^2)(0.37464+1.54226\omega_j-0.26992\omega_j^2))^2\)
Soave-Redlich-Kwong 1 0 0.42748 0.08664 \((1+(1-T_r^2)(0.48+1.574\omega_j-0.176\omega_j^2))^2\)

The properties \(a_m\) and \(b_m\) are calculated from component specific properties \(a_j\) and \(b_j\) as shown below:

\[a_j = \frac{\Omega_AR^2T_{c,j}^2}{P_{c, j}}\kappa_j\]
\[b_j = \frac{\Omega_BRT_{c,j}}{P_{c,j}}\]
\[a_m = \sum_i{\sum_j{y_iy_j(a_ia_j)^{1/2}(1-k_{ij})}}\]
\[b_m = \sum_i{y_ib_i}\]

where \(P_{c,j}\) and \(T_{c,j}\) are the component critical pressures and temperatures, \(y_j\) is the mole fraction of component :math`j`, \(k_{ij}\) are a set of binary interaction parameters which are specific to the equation of state and \(\Omega_A\), \(\Omega_B\) and \(\kappa_j\) are taken from the table above. \(\omega_j\) is the Pitzer acentric factor of each component.

The cubic equation of state is solved for each phase via a call to an external function which automatically identifies the correct root of the cubic and returns the value of \(Z\) as a function of \(A\) and \(B\) along with the first and second partial derivatives.

VLE Model with Smooth Phase Transition

The flash equations consists of the following equations:

\[F^{in} = F^{liq} + F^{vap}\]
\[z_{i}^{in}F^{in} = x_{i}^{liq}F^{liq} + y_{i}^{vap}F^{vap}\]

At the equilibrium condition, the fugacity of the vapor and liquid phase are defined as follows:

\[\ln{f_{i}^{vap}} = \ln{f_{i}^{liq}}\]
\[f_{i}^{phase} = y_{i}^{phase}\phi_{i}^{phase}P\]
\[\ln{\phi_{i}} = \frac{b_i}{b_m}(Z-1) - \ln{(Z-B)} + \frac{A}{B\sqrt{u^2-4w}}\left(\frac{b_i}{b_m}-\delta_i\right)\ln{\left(\frac{2Z+B(u+\sqrt{u^2-4w})}{2Z+B(u-\sqrt{u^2-4w})}\right)}\]
\[\delta_i = \frac{2a_i^{1/2}}{a_m}\sum_j{x_ja_j^{1/2}(1-k_{ij})}\]

The cubic equation of state is solved to find \(Z\) for each phase subject to the composition of that phase. Typically, the flash calculations are computed at a given temperature, \(T\). However, the flash calculations become trivial if the given conditions do not fall in the two phase region. For simulation only studies, the user may know a priori the condition of the stream but when the same set of equations are used for optimization, there is a high probability that the specifications can transcend the phase envelope and hence the flash equations included may be trivial in the single phase region (i.e. liquid or vapor only). To circumvent this problem, property packages in IDAES that support VLE will compute the flash calculations at an “equilibrium” temperature \(T_{eq}\). The equilibrium temperature is computed as follows:

\[T_{1} = max(T_{bubble}, T)\]
\[T_{eq} = min(T_{1}, T_{dew})\]

where \(T_{eq}\) is the equilibrium temperature at which flash calculations are computed, \(T\) is the stream temperature, \(T_{1}\) is the intermediate temperature variable, \(T_{bubble}\) is the bubble point temperature of mixture, and \(T_{dew}\) is the dew point temperature of the mixture. Note that, in the above equations, approximations are used for the max and min functions as follows:

\[T_{1} = 0.5{[T + T_{bubble} + \sqrt{(T-T_{bubble})^2 + \epsilon_{1}^2}]}\]
\[T_{eq} = 0.5{[T_{1} + T_{dew} - \sqrt{(T-T_{dew})^2 + \epsilon_{2}^2}]}\]

where \(\epsilon_1\) and \(\epsilon_2\) are smoothing parameters (mutable). The default values are 0.01 and 0.0005 respectively. It is recommended that \(\epsilon_1\) > \(\epsilon_2\). Please refer to reference 4 for more details. Therefore, it can be seen that if the stream temperature is less than that of the bubble point temperature, the VLE calculations will be computed at the bubble point. Similarly, if the stream temperature is greater than the dew point temperature, then the VLE calculations are computed at the dew point temperature. For all other conditions, the equilibrium calculations will be computed at the actual temperature.

Other Constraints

Additional constraints are included in the model to compute the thermodynamic properties based on the cubic equation of state, such as enthalpies and entropies. Please note that, these constraints are added only if the variable is called for when building the model. This eliminates adding unnecessary constraints to compute properties that are not needed in the model.

All thermophysical properties are calculated using an ideal and residual term, such that:

\[p = p^0 + p^r\]

The residual term is derived from the partial derivatives of the cubic equation of state, whilst the ideal term is determined using empirical correlations.


The ideal enthalpy term is given by:

\[h_{i}^{0} = \int_{298.15}^{T}(A+BT+CT^2+DT^3)dT + \Delta h_{form}^{298.15K}\]

The residual enthalpy term is given by:

\[h_{i}^{r}b_m\sqrt{u^2-4w} = \left(T\frac{da}{dT}-a_m\right)\ln{\left(\frac{2Z+B(u+\sqrt{u^2-4w})}{2Z+B(u-\sqrt{u^2-4w})}\right)} +RT(Z-1)b_m\sqrt{u^2-4w}\]
\[\frac{da}{dT}\sqrt{T} = -\frac{R}{2}\sqrt{\Omega_A}\sum_i{\sum_j{y_iy_j(1-k_{ij})\left(f_{w,j}\sqrt{a_i\frac{T_{c,j}}{P_{c,j}}}+f_{w,i}\sqrt{a_j\frac{T_{c,i}}{P_{c,i}}}\right)}}\]


The ideal entropy term is given by:

\[s_{i}^{0} = \int_{298.15}^{T}\frac{(A+BT+CT^2+DT^3)}{T}dT + \Delta s_{form}^{298.15K}\]

The residual entropy term is given by:

\[s_{i}^{r}b_m\sqrt{u^2-4w} = R\ln{\frac{Z-B}{Z}}b_m\sqrt{u^2-4w} + R\ln{\frac{ZP^{ref}}{P}}b_m\sqrt{u^2-4w} + \frac{da}{dT}\ln{\left(\frac{2Z+B(u+\sqrt{u^2-4w})}{2Z+B(u-\sqrt{u^2-4w})}\right)}\]


Fugacity is calculated from the system pressure, mole fractions and fugacity coefficients as follows:

\[f_{i, p} = x_{i, p} \phi_{i, p} P\]

Fugacity Coefficient

The fugacity coefficient is calculated from the departure function of the cubic equation of state as shown below:

\[\ln{\phi_{i}} = \frac{b_i}{b_m}(Z-1) - \ln{(Z-B)} + \frac{A}{B\sqrt{u^2-4w}}\left(\frac{b_i}{b_m}-\delta_i\right)\ln{\left(\frac{2Z+B(u+\sqrt{u^2-4w})}{2Z+B(u-\sqrt{u^2-4w})}\right)}\]
\[\delta_i = \frac{2a_i^{1/2}}{a_m} \sum_j{x_j a_j^{1/2}(1-k_{ij})}\]

Gibbs Energy

The Gibbs energy of the system is calculated using the definition of Gibbs energy:

\[g_i = h_i - T \Delta s_i\]

List of Variables

Variable Name Description Units
flow_mol Total molar flow rate mol/s
mole_frac_comp Mixture mole fraction indexed by component None
temperature Temperature K
pressure Pressure Pa
flow_mol_phase Molar flow rate indexed by phase mol/s
mole_frac_phase_comp Mole fraction indexed by phase and component None
pressure_sat Saturation or vapor pressure indexed by component Pa
dens_mol_phase Molar density indexed by phase mol/m3
dens_mass_phase Mass density indexed by phase kg/m3
enth_mol_phase Molar enthalpy indexed by phase J/mol
enth_mol Molar enthalpy of mixture J/mol
entr_mol_phase Molar entropy indexed by phase J/mol.K
entr_mol Molar entropy of mixture J/mol.K
fug_phase_comp Fugacity indexed by phase and component Pa
fug_coeff_phase_comp Fugacity coefficient indexed by phase and component None
gibbs_mol_phase Molar Gibbs energy indexed by phase J/mol
mw Molecular weight of mixture kg/mol
mw_phase Molecular weight by phase kg/mol
temperature_bubble Bubble point temperature K
temperature_dew Dew point temperature K
pressure_bubble Bubble point pressure Pa
pressure_dew Dew point pressure Pa
_teq Temperature at which the VLE is calculated K

List of Parameters

Parameter Name Description Units
cubic_type Type of cubic equation of state to use, from CubicEoS Enum None
pressure_ref Reference pressure Pa
temperature_ref Reference temperature K
omega Pitzer acentricity factor None
kappa Binary interaction parameters for EoS (note that parameters are specific for a given EoS None
mw_comp Component molecular weights kg/mol
cp_ig Parameters for calculating component heat capacities varies
dh_form Component standard heats of formation (used for enthalpy at reference state) J/mol
ds_form Component standard entropies of formation (used for entropy at reference state) J/mol.K
antoine Component Antoine coefficients (used to initialize bubble and dew point calculations) bar, K

Config Block Documentation

class idaes.property_models.cubic_eos.cubic_prop_pack.CubicParameterData(component)[source]

General Property Parameter Block Class


Callable method for Block construction.

classmethod define_metadata(obj)[source]

Define properties supported and units.

class idaes.property_models.cubic_eos.cubic_prop_pack.CubicStateBlock(*args, **kwargs)
  • rule (function) – A rule function or None. Default rule calls build().
  • concrete (bool) – If True, make this a toplevel model. Default - False.
  • ctype (str) – Pyomo ctype of the block. Default - “Block”
  • default (dict) –

    Default ProcessBlockData config

    A reference to an instance of the Property Parameter Block associated with this property package.
    Flag indicating whether the state should be considered fully defined, and thus whether constraints such as sum of mass/mole fractions should be included, default - False. Valid values: { True - state variables will be fully defined, False - state variables will not be fully defined.}
    Flag indicating whether phase equilibrium constraints should be constructed in this state block, default - True. Valid values: { True - StateBlock should calculate phase equilibrium, False - StateBlock should not calculate phase equilibrium.}
  • initialize (dict) – ProcessBlockData config for individual elements. Keys are BlockData indexes and values are dictionaries described under the “default” argument above.
  • idx_map (function) – Function to take the index of a BlockData element and return the index in the initialize dict from which to read arguments. This can be provided to overide the default behavior of matching the BlockData index exactly to the index in initialize.

(CubicStateBlock) New instance

class idaes.property_models.cubic_eos.cubic_prop_pack.CubicStateBlockData(component)[source]

An general property package for cubic equations of state with VLE.


Callable method for Block construction.


Method used to specify components to use to generate stream tables and other outputs. Defaults to define_state_vars, and developers should overload as required.


Define state vars.


Create energy density terms.


Create enthalpy flow terms.

get_material_density_terms(p, j)[source]

Create material density terms.


Method which returns an Enum indicating the basis of the material flow term.

get_material_flow_terms(p, j)[source]

Create material flow terms for control volume.


Model checks for property block.