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A multi-scale simulation of vinyl acetate systems applied in the industrial gas separation column
  • Minhua Zhang,
  • Lihang Chen,
  • Jing Ma
Minhua Zhang

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Lihang Chen
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Jing Ma
Tianjin University
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In this work we focus on the separation of the key component vinyl acetate (VAc) and the light components acetylene (C2H2), carbon dioxide (CO2) and acetaldehyde (CH3CHO) in the VAc synthesis process. The vapor-liquid phase equilibrium (VLE) data were calculated for the binary systems C2H2-VAc, CO2-VAc and CH3CHO-VAc with Gibbs Ensemble Monte Carlo (GEMC) simulation, in which the force field parameters were obtained by the quantum chemistry and parameters fitting method. The binary interaction parameters of UNIQUAC thermodynamic models with Henry’s law were determined by fitting the equilibrium data, and applied for the process modeling of the industrial gas separation column. The consistency between the calculation results and the industrial installation data confirmed the accuracy of the fitted thermodynamic model. This work developed a new way from microscopic GEMC simulations to macro process modeling for the system without VLE experiment data.