Computer calculation of heat capacity of natural gases over a wide range of pressure and temperature

P. M. Dranchuk, J. H. Abou‐Kassem

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This paper presents a method whereby specific heats or heat capacities of natural gases, both sweet and sour, at elevated pressures and temperatures may be made suitable to modern day machine calculation. The method involves developing (1) a correlation for ideal isobaric heat capacity as a function of gas gravity and pseudo reduced temperature over the temperature range of 300 to 1500 K and (2) a mathematical equation for the isobaric heat capacity departure based on accepted thermodynamic principles applied to an equation of state that adequately describes the behavior of gases to which the Standing and Katz Z factor correlation applies. The heat capacity departure equation is applicable over the range of 0.2 ≤ Pr ≤ 15 and 1.05 ≤ Tr ≤ 3. The significance of the method presented here lies in its utility and adaptability to computer applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)350-355
Number of pages6
JournalThe Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1992
Externally publishedYes


  • heat capacity correlation
  • high pressure and temperature
  • sweet and sour natural gas

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemical Engineering


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