Compute Thermodynamic Properties with the Liquid & Gas Properties Module
Software for Modeling Properties for Gas Mixtures, Liquid Mixtures, and Gas–Liquid Mixtures
When setting up and running CFD, heat transfer, and acoustics simulations, modeling the material properties correctly is crucial. With the Liquid & Gas Properties Module, you can accurately and easily compute density, viscosity, thermal conductivity, heat capacity, and other properties as functions of composition, pressure, and temperature.
What You Can Model with the Liquid & Gas Properties Module
Properties for CFD Simulations
The density and viscosity of fluids may depend on composition, pressure, and/or temperature. Obtaining accurate values for these properties is relevant, and may affect the design of devices and processes. The Liquid & Gas Properties Module gives you the tools to compute density and viscosity for gas mixtures of arbitrary composition. In addition, the module contains property models for liquid solutions, for example for aqueous solutions and solutions with organic solvents. For two-phase flow systems, the module features models to compute the equilibrium composition of the vapor and liquid phases as a function of pressure and temperature.
Properties for Heat Transfer Simulations
The simulation of heat transfer in fluids requires properties such as thermal conductivity and heat capacity, in addition to density and viscosity. As an example, when designing climate control and ventilation systems, the properties of air depend on relative humidity, pressure, and temperature, and these dependencies may be important to the accuracy of such modeling and simulation studies. This is also valid for coolants, as well as gases and fluids used in processes throughout different industries. The Liquid & Gas Properties Module includes models for the computation of thermal conductivity and heat capacity as a function of pressure and temperature. These properties can be computed for gas mixtures and liquid mixtures of arbitrary composition, and used for accurate heat transfer models and simulations.
Properties for Acoustics Simulations
Pressure acoustic waves propagate in fluids, often water or air, and depend on pressure, temperature, bulk viscosity, heat capacity, and thermal conductivity. In air, the relative humidity affects these properties. The accuracy of these properties, and thereby the accuracy of the pressure acoustics simulation results, depends on the variables mentioned above, all of which can be calculated with the Liquid & Gas Properties Module.
Features and Functionality in the Liquid & Gas Properties Module
The Liquid & Gas Properties Module includes models and parameters for calculating the following properties:
- Heat of reaction
- Heat of formation
- Heat capacity
- Thermal conductivity
- Binary diffusivities
- Activity and fugacity
Thermodynamic Models and Property Models
To calculate the properties listed above, the Liquid & Gas Properties Module uses a number of different thermodynamic models. The variety of models available reflects the fact that no thermodynamic model is able to describe all gases and liquids. The choice of model depends on the type of mixture and the conditions.
The following thermodynamic models are available for liquids and gases:
- Ideal gas
- Peng–Robinson (Twu)
- Soave–Redlich–Kwong (Graboski–Daubert)
For liquid mixtures, the following thermodynamic models are also available:
- Chao–Seader (Grayson–Streed)
- UNIFAC VLE
- Regular solution
- Extended regular solution
- Ideal solution
In addition to the thermodynamic models, you can specify the model for the properties individually.
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