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Borges G.R.,PEP PBI UNIT | Lucas M.A.,PEP PBI UNIT | Lucas M.A.,Petrobras | Nunes R.B.M.,PEP PBI UNIT | And 4 more authors.
Journal of Supercritical Fluids | Year: 2015

This work presents a new technique for phase behavior monitoring at high-pressure conditions. The consolidated synthetic method was modified by insertion of a near infrared probe inside the high-pressure variable-volume view cell. A system composed by carbon dioxide and a distilled petroleum fraction was used to validate the proposed methodology. The experiments were performed in the temperature range of 293-333. K, carbon dioxide mass fraction of 0.350-0.900 and pressures up to 20. MPa. The phase transitions pressures visually observed were compared with those detected by the spectrophotometer and good correlations were obtained with global mean deviation of 1.4%. Besides, it was possible to identify the type of vapor-liquid phase transitions (bubble or dew points) and the position at diagram (before or after the critical concentration) for the liquid-liquid equilibrium. The proposed methodology is promptly extended to several others systems. © 2015 Elsevier B.V.

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