An algebraic method that includes Gibbs minimization for performing phase equilibrium calculations for any number of components or phases Conference Paper uri icon


  • The most widely used technique for performing phase equilibria calculations is the K-value method (equality of chemical potentials). This paper proposes a more efficient algorithm to achieve the results that includes Gibbs minimization when we know the number of phases. Using the orthogonal derivatives, the tangent plane equation and mass balances, it is possible to reduce the Gibbs minimization procedure to the task of finding the solution of a system of non-linear equations. Such an operation is easier and faster than finding tangents or areas, and appears to converge as fast as the K-value method. Examples illustrate application of the new technique to two and three phases in equilibrium for binary and ternary mixtures. © 2003 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

author list (cited authors)

  • Iglesias-Silva, G. A., Bonilla-Petriciolet, A., Eubank, P. T., Holste, J. C., & Hall, K. R.

citation count

  • 30

publication date

  • August 2003