Hybrid Inferential Modeling for Vapor Pressure of Hydrocarbon Mixtures in Oil Production

Yu C. PAN*, S. Joe QIN*, Phi NGUYEN*, Michael BARHAM

*Corresponding author for this work

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In gas and oil production processes, both the true vapor pressure (TVP) and the Reid vapor pressure (RVP) are important and, yet, difficult-to-measure physical properties. Many upstream process units, such as floating roof tanks, have specifications given in terms of the TVP. Careful estimation and control in terms of the RVP will ensure that no extra gas other than necessary is removed from high-valued oil. Laboratory analyses alone are not effective for this purpose because they are time-consuming and involve large time delays. On the other hand, online analyzers are expensive and difficult to install and maintain. In this paper, we propose a hybrid inferential sensor based on a combination of the modified vapor pressure equation proposed by Korsten [Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2000, 39, 813-820] and a partial least-squares (PLS) model. With only one measurement of temperature and pressure at an equilibrium state, Korsten's vapor pressure equation is able to produce a rough estimate of the vapor pressure curve, and PLS is utilized to model the residuals resulting from this simple Korsten model. An industrial case study is reported to show that the proposed method gives an improved model with the average error of less than 4%. © 2013 American Chemical Society.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12420-12425
Number of pages6
JournalIndustrial and Engineering Chemistry Research
Issue number35
Early online date22 Apr 2013
Publication statusPublished - 4 Sept 2013
Externally publishedYes


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