A group contribution method to model the thermal conductivity of pure substances

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The aim of this work is to apply a group contribution method to describe the thermal conductivity of pure substances. The model has five adjustable parameters that have been generalized using the acentric factor, RTc/Pc relation, and a contribution of each group in the substance through a tendency graphical analysis. The thermodynamical properties included in the model are estimated using a modified Peng-Robinson EoS. The proposed model is applied to 351 substances distributed into 160 for the correlation, 96 for testing, and 95 for predictive capabilities. The above includes 24 organic families and 56 functional groups. The average absolute deviations are below 6.51% for the liquid-vapor coexistence and below 7.93% for the one-phase condition. The overall results are compared to other literature works on saturation and single-phase conditions. These results show that the model provides acceptable values of deviations and can be used to describe different types of substances. Finally, three cases of study are done as an alternative to represent the alkanes, 1-alcohols, and water substances. The average absolute deviations for 1-alkanes and 1-alcohols are below 7.00% and for water is around 3.76%. In general, the generalized model can be used as an alternative to describe the thermal conductivities of pure substances in the saturation and single-phase conditions with acceptable results.

Original languageEnglish
Article number113592
JournalFluid Phase Equilibria
StatePublished - Jan 2023

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  • Group contribution
  • Non-polar substance
  • Peng-Robinson equation of state
  • Polar substance
  • Pure substances
  • Thermal conductivity

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  • Artículos de investigación con calidad A2 / Q2


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