Prode Properties
Properties of pure fluids and mixtures, multi phase equilibria, process simulation, software

Title : properties fluids, fluid mixtures, multi phase equilibria, process simulation with Excel, Matlab, Mathcad, software

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When introduced in 1993 Prode Properties was the first c++ thermodynamic framework designed to provide advanced features as those available in process simulators within common Windows applications such as Microsoft Excel, Matlab etc. now (2016) it is a mature and stable code which has been verified by Prode and many other companies with extensive testing for more than 20 years of service, Prode Properties provides a stable platform for both everyday work and industrial applications.
Prode Properties permits to calculate the properties of pure fluids or mixtures, solve two phase (vapor-liquid) three phases (vapor-liquid-liquid) and multiphase (vapor-liquid-solid-hydrate) separations, solves distillation columns, multiphase flow, prints phase envelopes , phase diagrams, calculate critical points, cricondentherm, cricondenbar, heating / cooling curves etc. Prode Properties represents the best solution when a compact and easy to use library for rigorous thermodynamics is preferable over more complex tools.
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Perfect integration with your favourite software

Prode Properties links directly (you DO NOT need to run and connect two independent applications) with many Microsoft Windows (and Unix **) applications including:

Excel / Matlab application examples : calculate properties of pure fluids and mixtures

With Prode Properties it is easy to calculate the properties of a pure fluid or a mixture,this Excel application example shows how to calculate a value in a cell and print table of values for different properties in a specified range of temperature and pressure

First step: define the stream (components, compositions etc.)

Properties includes a Stream editor which permits to access all informations (as compositions, operating conditions, models, options) for all streams which you need to define, to access the Stream editor from Excel Properties menu select Edit Properties


The Stream editor includes several pages, from the first page you can select a stream (Properties can store all the streams required to define a medium size plant) solve a series of flash operations and see the resulting compositions in the different phases, in this page select the stream you wish to define, for example the first.


In the second page you can define a new composition or modify an existing composition, in this example we define C1 0.7 CO2 0.15 H2S 0.15 as molar fractions


In the third page you can define the package (thermodynamic models and related options) , here we define API Soave Redlick Kwong.


The fourth page provides access to BIP (Binary Interaction Parameters) for the different models, you can enter specific values or click on "Load BIPs" button to get the predefined BIPs from databank.


Finally we must save the new data, in the first page click on "Save" button, note that you can redefine the name of the stream as you wish (editing the cell near the button "Save"), you can define / modify many streams following the procedure described.
Once defined the stream you may wish to define the units which we wish to utilize in our problem, in stream editor go then to the "Units" dialog


here you can select the units which you need for a specific problem, in this example for the pressure (first row) select Bar.a , notice that unit for temperature is K (but you can set the units which you prefer) then click on Ok button to accept new values and leave the Properties editor.
Now you are ready to use Properties for calculating all the properties which you need, however there is still a last thing to do if you do not wish to lose all data when leaving a Excel page, precisely to save data to a file, to save data to a file from Excel Properties menu select "Save a Archive"


then select the file "def.ppp" if you wish that Properties utilizes this data as default (this is the normal , recommended option), differently set a different name (you can for example define different names for different projects) but you will need to load that specific Archive before to make calcs for that project and since Excel reloads Properties with any new page this may result tedious...
Properties saves on the file also the units of measurement so you can define different streams and different units in different projects.


Now you can calculate all the properties which you need with the units which you prefer for all the streams defined in that project.

Second step: calculate properties in Excel cells.

Suppose we wish to calculate the densities for the mixture defined in stream 1 directly in the cells, in B3 we enter the macro =EStrLD(1,B1,B2) , for calculating liquid density of stream 1 at temperature specified in B1 and pressure specified in B2 ,in B4 we enter the macro =EStrGD(1,B1,B2) for calculating the gas density and in B5 the macro =EStrLf(1,B1,B2) for calculating the liquid fraction


In B1 we enter 200 as temperature (remember we have K as unit) and in B2 we enter 5 as pressure (remember we have set Bar.a as unit), densities are in Kg/m3 , notice that when you change B1 or B2 Prode Properties recalculates these values. Now you can modify the stream 1 (changing the list of components, the compositions or models) or the units of measurement and Prode Properties will calculate the value of densities and liquid fraction accordingly, in this way is very easy with Excel to solve many different problems leaving to Prode Properties the task to calculate all properties for pure fluids and mixtures.

Calculate properties in Matlab.

From Matlab command line you can call the methods in Prode Properties by typing the names, for example to calculate cp/cv at specified conditions
>> EstrGCp(1,300,500000)/EstrGCv(1,300,500000)
>> ans = 1.3211
or, to calculate the speed of sound for vapor phase at same conditions
>> EstrGSS(1,300,500000)
>> ans = 374.1625
in Matlab (as In Excel) you can access the Properties editor from menu associated with the figure.


Herebelow a short list of the properties available, read the operating manual for additional information.

Third step: calculate tables of values and print graphs.

Finally we will see how to calculate and graph tables of values in a range of temperatures for many different properties (liquid fraction, cp, cv, density, viscosity, thermal conductivity, speed of sound) for both gas and liquid phases, for doing this we will use a predefined Excel page, from Excel menu File->open , in Excel folder (in Prode Properties installation) select the file props.xls


If you wish you can modify the stream composition or the units of measurement , in that case, as before from Properties menu access the Properties editor and modify the previous data. Then enter (in the proper units) the desired range of temperatures (cells B2-B3) and the operating pressure (cell B4) and click on compute button to calculate the data, Prode Properties will print the values with the desired units of measuremebt.


In the same page there are a series of graphs which show the different properties at different operating conditions.


As you see Properties is a useful tool in everyday work, you can calculate rigorously, easily and quickly many different properties, you can set preferred units, you can define and save many different streams.

Technical features overview (Windows version)

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