Reduction of Reservoir Fluid Equilibrium Calculation for Peng-Robinson EOS with Zero Interaction Coefficients

Document Type: Research Paper


Iran University of Technology Faculty of Chemical Engineering


For some of the EOS models the dimension of equilibrium problem can be reduced. Stability and difficulties in implementation are among the problems of flash calculation. In this work, a new reduction technique is presented to prepare a reduced number of equilibrium equations. Afterwards, a number of appropriate solution variables are selected for the prepared equation system to solve the equations in an efficient numerical scheme. All the derivatives and solution procedures for the new reduced flash calculation framework were prepared based on Peng-Robinson equation of state. One reservoir oil sample and one gas condensate sample were selected from published literature to evaluate the proposed method for the calculations of reservoir fluids equilibrium. The equilibrium calculations with the proposed reduction technique were compared to full flash calculations. The reduced formulation implementation is simple and straightforward as it is derived from full flash fugacity equality criteria. The presented technique not only reduces the number of equations, and hence simplifies flash problem, but also presents a comparable convergence behavior and offers the same solution system for different reservoir fluid types. The results, demonstrates the proposed method performance and the accuracy for modeling with complex equilibrium calculations like compositional reservoir simulation when there are many components available in the mixture fluid description.


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