Empirical and semi-theoretical methods for predicting the viscosity of binary n-alkane mixtures

Yucel H.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF THERMOPHYSICS, vol.26, no.6, pp.1759-1768, 2005 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 26 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s10765-005-8594-3
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1759-1768


In this study, empirical and semi-theoretical methods for predicting the viscosity of binary mixtures of n-alkanes are presented at atmospheric pressure and in the temperature range from 288 to 333 K. In the empirical viscosity calculation method, a modified version of the Andrade equation and a simple mixture rule are used. The proposed semi-theoretical method employs both the Enskog's hard-sphere theory for dense fluids and the principle of corresponding states. The viscosities of binary mixtures of n-heptane with n-hexane and n-nonane covering different compositions were calculated using these methods which require only critical properties and the normal boiling point as input data. The predictions were compared with accurate experimental data in the literature. Highly satisfactory results were obtained. The percent average absolute deviations amount to 1.2 and 0.9% utilizing the empirical and semi-theoretical viscosity methods, respectively, for 27 data points.