Potash Species Model

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Related Links: Potash Solubility, Potash Evaporator, Potash Properties Utility


General Description

The Potash species model may be used to calculate certain properties of aqueous liquids within a MOP (Muriate of Potash) project. Density, Heat Capacity (and hence Enthalpy) and Viscosity may be calculated using the equations defined by in papers by Laliberte et al1,2,3. The Boiling Point Elevation (BPE) may be calculated using the Fabuss Korosi equation.

The Laliberte and Fabuss Korosi equations used in the species model are given in the Model Theory section below.

Notes:

  1. The Laliberte and/or Fabuss Korosi equations may be selected in the Plant Model, as described below.
  2. If the Laliberte species model is selected, only AQUEOUS species are considered when calculating liquid properties. If any of the following species are present they will be used in the calculations:
    • KCl(aq), NaCl(aq), MgCl2(aq), CaCl2(aq), LiCl(aq), CaSO4(aq), NaBr(aq) and KBr(aq).
    • All other aqueous species are IGNORED.
  3. All of the properties that are not explicitly calculated by this model are calculated using the Standard Species Model.
  4. The Four Stage Crystallisation Example and Three Stage Evaporator Example, which are distributed with SysCAD in the Examples Folder, demonstrate the use of the Potash species model in SysCAD projects.

Model Theory

Liquid Density Calculations

The Laliberte solution density is calculated using the water density, pw and the solutes apparent density using following equation:

[math]\mathbf{\mathit{p_m=\frac{1}{\frac{m_w}{p_w}+\sum{\frac{m_i}{p_{app,i}}}}}}[/math]


The Apparent density of each solute in solution is calculated from:

[math]\mathbf{\mathit{p_{app,i}=\frac{(c_0(1-m_w)+c_1)*e^{(0.000001(T+c_4)^2)}}{(1-m_w)+c_2+c_3*T}}}[/math]

Where:

mw = mass fraction of water
mi = mass fraction of solute species i
pw = density of water (at stream temperature and pressure), kg/m3
papp,i = solute i apparent density, kg/m3
pm = solution density, kg/m3
T = Temperature in °C
c0 to c4 = dimensionless empirical constants for each solute species.

Notes:

  1. The constants for most of the aqueous species are valid for temperatures between 0 and approximately 100°C.
  2. If the unit temperature is outside of the species temperature range, then SysCAD will use the values at the temperature limit.
  3. If the species Mass Fraction in a unit exceeds the maximum mass fraction, then SysCAD will continue to use the Laliberte equation, but will log a warning that the values are questionable.
  4. The constants for CaSO4(aq) are only valid for a single temperature, 25°C, and hence these values are suspect.
  5. Water density is calculated in SysCAD as described here: Water and Steam Properties.
  6. Solid density is calculated using the Standard species model method - Density Calculations using the Standard Species Model

Enthalpy Calculations

With the Lalilberte model the user has a choice of Enthalpy models:

  • The Laliberte model will calculate the Enthalpy as a full integral of Cp with respect to Temperature, i.e. [math]\Delta H = \int\limits_{T_1}^{T_2}Cp dT\,[/math]
  • The Laliberte Low model with calculate Enthalpy as [math]\Delta H = Cp * (T_2 - T_1)[/math].
    This will be less accurate, but faster computationally.

Note: Both methods will calculate Cp using the equations show below.


Heat Capacity Calculations

Liquid Heat Capacity

With the Lalilberte model the liquid specific heat is calculated using the water specific heat, Cpw and the solutes heat capacity using following equation:

[math]\mathbf{\mathit{Cp_m = m_wCp_w + \sum{m_iCp_i}}}[/math]


The heat capacity of each solute in solution is calculated from:

[math]\mathbf{\mathit{Cp_i= a_1e^{\alpha}+a_5(1-m_w)^{a_6}}}[/math]

Where

[math]\mathbf{\mathit{\alpha= a_2*T +a_3e^{0.01T}+a_4(1-m_w)}}[/math]


mw = mass fraction of water
mi = mass fraction of solute species i
Cpw = Heat capacity of water (at stream temperature and pressure), kJ/kg.K
Cpi = Heat capacity of solute i, kJ/kg.K
Cpm = solution Heat capacity, kJ/kg.K
T = Temperature in °C
a1 to a6 = dimensionless empirical constants for each solute species.

Notes:

  1. The constants for most of the aqueous species are valid for temperatures between approximately 5 and 1200C.
  2. If the unit temperature is outside of the species temperature range, then SysCAD will use the values at the temperature limit.
  3. The constants for CaSO4(aq) are only valid for a single temperature, 250C, and hence these values are suspect.
  4. Water heat capacity is calculated in SysCAD as described here: Water and Steam Properties.

Solids and Vapours Heat Capacity

Solids Cp (Cps) and Vapours Cp (Cpv) are calculated from Cp values as given in the species database, please see Specific Heat values (Cp) Calculations using the Standard Species Model.

Stream Heat Capacity

[math]\mathbf{\mathit{Cp=\frac{SolidsMass*Cp_s+LiquidsMass*Cp_L+VapoursMass*Cp_V}{SolidsMass+LiquidsMass+VapoursMass}}}[/math]

Viscosity

With the Laliberte method, the liquid viscosity is calculated using the water viscosity, vw and the solutes viscosity using following equation:

[math]\mathbf{\mathit{\ln{n_m} = m_w * \ln{n_w} + \sum{m_i * \ln{n_i}}}}[/math]

The viscosity for each solute is defined by:

[math]\mathbf{\mathit{\ln{n_i} = \frac{v_1(1-m_w)^{v_2}+v_3}{(v_4*T+1)(v_5(1-m_w)^{v_6}+1)}}}[/math]


nm = Solution Viscosity, mPa.s
nw = Viscosity of water, mPa.s
ni = Viscosity of solute i, mPa.s
mw = mass fraction of water
mi = mass fraction of solute i
T = Temperature in °C
v1 to v6 = dimensionless empirical constants.

Notes:

  1. The constants for most of the aqueous species are valid for temperatures between approximately 5 and 1200C.
  2. If the unit temperature is outside of the species temperature range, then SysCAD will use the values at the temperature limit.
  3. CaSO4(aq) does not have any data for viscosity.


Boiling Point Elevation (BPE)

Using the Fabuss Korosi method, the Boiling Point Elevation (BPE) of a brine is calculated by first determining the vapour pressure lowering of a solution containing KCl and NaCl relative to pure water. The activity coefficient is determined by a semi-empirical correlation.4,5

[math]\mathbf{\mathit{k = \frac{p^0 - p}{mp^0}}}[/math]

and

[math]\mathbf{\mathit{k = a + bu^{0.5}}}[/math]

where: k - Relative molar vapour pressure depression for a species;

m - molality of the solution;

p - vapour pressure of the solution;

p0 - vapour pressure of water at the given conditions;

u - Species ionic strength;

a and b - Temperature dependant constants, calculated as follows:

[math]\mathbf{\mathit{a = a_1 + a_2t + a_3t^2}}[/math]

[math]\mathbf{\mathit{b = b_1 + b_2t + b_3t^2}}[/math]

t - Temperature

The constants in the above equations, a1, a2, a3, b1, b2 and b3 are empirical values determined by experimentation.

References

  1. Laliberte´ M. and Cooper W.E. Model for Calculating the Density of Aqueous Electrolyte Solutions J. Chem. Eng. Data 2004, 49.
  2. Laliberte´ M. Model for Calculating the Viscosity of Aqueous Solutions J. Chem. Eng. Data 2007, 52.
  3. Laliberte´ M. A Model for Calculating the Heat Capacity of Aqueous Solutions, with Updated Density and Viscosity Data J. Chem. Eng. Data 2009, 54.
  4. Fabuss, B. M., Korosi, A. (1966). Vapour Pressures of Binary Aqueous Solutions of NaCl, KCl, Na2SO4 and MgSO4 at Concentrations and Temperatures of Interest in Desalination Processes. Desalination, 1, 139-148.
  5. Fabuss, B. M., Korosi, A. (1966). Vapour Pressures of Ternary Aqueous Solutions of NaCl, KCl, Na2SO4 and MgSO4 at Concentrations and Temperatures of Interest in Desalination Processes. Desalination, 1, 149-155.


Required Chemical Compounds

The following species are used by the Potash set of models and are required in the species database and configuration file. Some of the species are optional, but if they are present in the database, their effects will be included in the correlation calculations.

Phase Species Formula Species Name Required / Optional
VAPOUR H2O(g) Water Vapour Required
AQUEOUS SPECIES H2O(l) Water Required
KCl(aq) Aqueous Potassium Chloride Required
NaCl(aq) Aqueous Sodium Chloride Required
MgCl2(aq) Aqueous Magnesium Chloride Optional
CaCl2(aq) Aqueous Calcium Chloride Optional
LiCl(aq) Aqueous Lithium Chloride Optional
CaSO4(aq) Aqueous Calcium Sulphate Optional
KBr(aq) Aqueous Potassium Bromide Optional
NaBr(aq) Aqueous Sodium Bromide Optional
SOLIDS KCl(s) Solid Potassium Chloride Required
NaCl(s) Solid Sodium Chloride Required
MgCl2(s) Solid Magnesium Chloride Optional
CaCl2(s) Solid Calcium Chloride Optional
CaSO4.2H2O(s) Gypsum Optional
CaSO4(s) Anhydrous Gypsum Optional


Selecting different methods for Property Calculations

If the Potash species model is selected, the user can choose to use Laliberte' or the Standard method to calculate Liquid Density, Specific Heat (Cp) or Viscosity.

The user may also choose either the Fabuss Korosi or the standard method to calculate the Boiling Point Elevation.

These selections are applied globally, so you cannot use different methods in different areas in the same project. The method is selected globally from the View - PlantModel access window Globals Tab as illustrated below.

Potash Globals 1.png

Potash Liquor Calculator

When defining a Potash Liquor stream, it is possible to have SysCAD calculate the feed composition based on user defined potash species concentrations.

This is done in the Feeder unit - but only in a 'True' feeder, i.e. not connected to a sink on a different flowhseet:

  • First turn on the Calculator, by ticking the 'Calculator' checkbox located on the FeederSink Tab,
  • Then go to the newly created tab called "Calc", and define the required composition.

This is shown in the images below:

PotashCalculator.png
For more information on the feed calculator variables, please see Potash Calculator Configuration Data.

The calculated feed composition will be set into the DSp tab. The variables set by the calculator are indicated by the yellow background.

PotashCalculatorValSet.png

NOTES:

  1. If the calculator is enabled, the user may NOT manually change the feed composition on the DSp tab. All changes must be made on the Calc tab.
  2. The user may enable the calculator once to get an idea of the values, and then turn the calculator off to manually change the DSp tab values, if required.
  3. If the feeder is connected to a sink on another flowsheet, the calculated values are ignored.

Data Sections

  1. The specific Potash data will be displayed on the 'Props' tab for the Qi and Qo pages of the Pipe access window, and under the Content page for units.
  2. If the user has selected the Laliberte' methods for calculating Density, Heat Capacity and Viscosity, then these will be used and displayed throughout the project.
  3. Only the data that is calculated using the Potash equations is shown below. The other data is discussed in the SysCAD Model help - Pipe Section.

Feeder Configuration Data

Tag / Symbol Input / Calc Description
Potash Liquor Calculator
DefineLiquor Check Box If this box is checked, the Feeder will calculate the fractional make-up of the feed stream, based on the variables supplied below.
Define Method Mass Basis The user may enter the required aqueous species as g/100 water.
Concentration The user may enter the required aqueous species as g/L of solution.
Saturation NOT YET IMPLEMENTED! The user may enter the required aqueous species as % saturated.
KCl_Reqd Input The required KCl value
NaCl_Reqd Input The required NaCl value
MgCl2_Reqd Input The required MgCl2 value (if MgCl2 is in the project)
CaSO4_Reqd Input The required CaSO4 value (if CaSO4 is in the project)
CaCl2_Reqd Input The required CaCl2 value (if CaCl2 is in the project)

Potash Data

This data will be displayed on the 'Props' tab of pipes and Contents. Note: The term 'Salts' refers to all Chloride salts, i.e. KCl, NaCl, LiCl, MgCl2 and CaCl2.

Tag | Symbol Input or Calc Description
Potash (Liquid Phase) Values
AqSaltsQm Calc The mass flow of aqueous salts in the stream.
AqSaltsFrac Calc The mass fraction of aqueous salts in the liquid.
AqK2OEquivQm Calc The mass flow of aqueous KCl expressed as K2O.
AqK2OEquivFrac Calc The mass fraction of aqueous KCl in the liquid, expressed as K2O.
AqMgCl2EquivQm Calc The mass flow of aqueous MgCl2, CaCl2 and CaSO4, expressed as MgCl2 equivalent.
AqMgCl2EquivFrac Calc The mass fraction of aqueous MgCl2, CaCl2 and CaSO4 in liquid, expressed as MgCl2 equivalent.
Potash (Solid Phase) Values
SolSaltsQm Calc The mass flow of solid, or crystal, salts in the stream.
SolSaltsFrac Calc The mass fraction of solid, or crystal, salts in the solid.
SolK2OEquivQm Calc The mass flow of solid, or crystal, KCl expressed as K2O.
SolK2OEquivFrac Calc The mass fraction of solid, or crystal, KCl in the solid, expressed as K2O.
Potash Properties These values are calculated using the methods chosen by the user in the 'Plant Model'.
LRho Calc The liquor density.
SatRho Calc The density of a solution saturated in BOTH KCl and NaCl at the stream temperature.
LmsCp@T Calc The Heat Capacity of the solution at the stream temperature.
LmsHs@T Calc The sensible enthalpy of the solution at the stream temperature.
LViscosity Calc The Viscosity of the solution at the stream temperature.
Potash Specific Properties (Laliberte-Cooper) These values are calculated using the Laliberte method. They are only used in the project if the user has chosen method = Laliberte in the Plant Model. (In which case these values will be the same as the ones in the above section). These values are only displayed if the user ticks the 'Potash.showExtra' box in Potash Solution Property Options in the Plant Model.
Potash.LRho Calc The liquor density at temperature using Laliberte method.
Potash.LmsCp@T Calc The Heat Capacity of the solution at the stream temperature using Laliberte method.
Potash.LmsHs@T Calc The sensible enthalpy of the solution at the stream temperature using Laliberte method.
Potash.LmsHs@T_Low Calc The sensible enthalpy of the solution at the stream temperature calculated using the low fidelity Laliberte method.
Potash.LViscosity Calc The Viscosity of the solution at the stream temperature using Laliberte method.
OutOfRange.Density Calc This will display any species in the stream that are outside of the range of the Laliberte constants for density. If all species are in range this field will be blank.
OutOfRange.Cp Calc This will display any species in the stream that are outside of the range of the Laliberte constants for Cp. If all species are in range this field will be blank.
OutOfRange.Viscosity Calc This will display any species in the stream that are outside of the range of the Laliberte constants for viscosity. If all species are in range this field will be blank.
Potash Specific Properties (Fabuss-Korosi) The Boiling Point Elevation is calculated using the Fabuss Korosi method. This is only used in the project if the user has chosen method = Fabuss Korosi in the Plant Model. (In which case this value will be the same as the one in the above section). This value is only displayed if the user ticks the 'Potash.showExtra' box in Potash Solution Property Options in the Plant Model.
Potash.BPE Calc The liquor Boiling Point Elevation at temperature using the Fabuss Korosi method.