The solubility of hydrogen sulfide in aqueous N-methyldiethanolamine solutions

P.J.G. Huttenhuis, N.J. Agrawal, G.F. Versteeg

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In this work the electrolyte equation of state as developed previously for the system MDEA-H2O-CO2-CH4 was further developed for the system MDEA-H2O-H2S-CH4. With this thermodynamic equilibrium model the total solubility of hydrogen sulfide and the speciation in aqueous solutions of N-methyldiethanolamine can be described quantitatively. The model results were compared to experimental H2S solubility data in aqueous MDEA in absence and presence of methane respectively. The application of equation of state models for this kind of acid gas – amine systems is a rather new development in the literature. An accurate description is difficult for this kind of complex systems with significant amount of both molecular and ionic species present in the liquid phase. The Schwarzentruber’s modification of the Redlich-Kwong-Soave EOS with a Huron-Vidal mixing rule is used as molecular part of the equation of state and ionic interactions terms are added to account for non-idealities caused by these interactions. With the new developed model a comparison with experimental data as presented was made.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)399-424
Number of pages26
JournalInternational Journal of Oil, Gas and Coal Technology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • gas treating
  • electrolyte equation of state
  • solubility
  • N-methyldiethanolamine
  • hydrogen sulfide

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