Application of electrolyte-nrtl model for prediction of the viscosity of carbon dioxide loaded aqueous amine solutions

Naser S. Matin, Joseph E. Remias, Kunlei Liu

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A method based on the absolute-rate theory has been used and tested for estimation of the dynamic viscosity of CO2 loaded aqueous solutions of a representative amine: monoethanolamine (MEA). In this approach the electrolyte-NRTL model is applied to estimate the activation free energy of the solution and consequently enable prediction of the dynamic viscosity of the strong electrolyte CO2:MEA:H2O system. Three different concentrations of the aqueous MEA solutions with 20, 30, and 43 wt %, in the temperature range from 40 to 70 C, and CO2 loadings from 0.1 to 0.5 mol of CO2/mol of amine were selected for the model investigation. The model displays a reasonable prediction ability from experimental viscosity data in the whole range of system variables. It is shown that the activation free energy for the flow process can be closely estimated through the Gibbs free energy of mixing with a correction on the sign of the energy term in the model equation from positive to negative. The result reveals that, having a reliable thermodynamic model for a selected solution, the absolute-rate-theory approach is applicable for estimation of the viscosities of strong electrolyte systems such as CO2 loaded alkanolamine solutions at different solution concentrations, temperatures, CO2 loadings, and operating pressures for various amines and amine blends.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16979-16984
Number of pages6
JournalIndustrial and Engineering Chemistry Research
Issue number47
StatePublished - Nov 27 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry (all)
  • Chemical Engineering (all)
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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