Method correlates solubilities of crude hydrocarbons in water

A new correlation calculates the water solubility for a wide variety of hydrocarbons found in a typical crude oil-alkanes, olefins, diolefins, acetylenes, cyclopentanes, cyclohexanes, benzenes, mercaptans, thiophenes, and sulfides.The correlation provides reliable solubility values down to extremely low concentrations, in the ppm range. It agrees favorably with experimental data.Results from the new correlation are useful for process engineering for wastewater minimization.Importance of water solubilityKnowing the solubility of crude oil hydrocarbons in water is important for health, safety, and environmental considerations, an importance that will only increase with time.For health invol...

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