Process Thermodynamic Database DevelopmentThe process design is only as sound as the database upon which it is based.
One of us is the former director of the Kurata Thermodynamics Laboratory at the University of Kansas. Studies in that laboratory were focused on highly nonideal systems where by virtue of either relative volatilities near one or activity coefficients large, the system from a process design perspective was highly nonideal. The process design reliability was extremely sensitive to the phase equilibria data base. Examples include superfractionation, extractive distillation and waste water VOC removal. Large databases have been developed for clients which were subsequently used by us or others to develop process designs now operating in the field.