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Thursday, 7 March 2013



Vapor Pressure Calculation

As the title implies this freeware tool was created in order to help you calculate the vapor pressure of a component based on its known temperature. The calculation is based on Antoine’s equation, which is a vapor pressure equation and describes the relationship between vapor pressure and temperature for pure components. The Antoine’s equation is used in the form below:

Antoine’s equation

Where:
Pvap: vapor pressure [mm Hg]
T: temperature [K]
A, B and C: Antoine’s coefficients 

According to Wikipedia: “Usually, the Antoine equation cannot be used to describe the entire saturated vapor pressure curve from the triple point to the critical point, because it is not flexible enough. Therefore, multiple parameter sets for a single component are commonly used. A low-pressure parameter set is used to describe the vapor pressure curve up to the normal boiling point and the second set of parameters is used for the range from the normal boiling point to the critical point".

However, by using two different sets of coefficients a severe problem is caused; the described vapor pressure is not continuous – at the normal boiling point the two sets give different results. In this workbook I decided to use a single set of Antoine’s coefficients, having in mind that in some cases there will be increased deviation between calculated and real vapor pressures.


How to use it

The workbook is quite easy to use. Just select a component from the dropdown list (yellow cell) and then enter the component’s temperature in the cell below (green cell). The sheet “runs” automatically and calculates the vapor pressure, if the temperature is within the valid temperature range. Furthermore the following properties of the component are being given:
  • Molecular weight
  • Freeze point
  • Boiling point
  • Critical temperature
  • Critical pressure
  • Critical volume
  • Critical compression factor
  • Acentric factor
Near the end of the sheet there is also a chart that represents the Antoine’s equation for the specific component and for the valid temperature range. The yellow point shows the value of the temperature that was entered in the input section of the sheet.


Download it from here


This workbook can be used in Office 2007 or newer. Please, remember to enable macros before using it.

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