Prediction of molecular weight and density of n-alkanes (C-6-C-44)

Yucel H.

ANALYTICA CHIMICA ACTA, vol.547, no.1, pp.94-97, 2005 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 547 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.aca.2005.01.072
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.94-97
  • Süleyman Demirel University Affiliated: No


Heavy n-alkanes and their mixtures were characterized by high temperature-simulated distillation using gas chromatography with a capillary column. In this work, the atmospheric boiling point is determined by the HT-SimDis GC method. In this study, molecular weights and density of n-alkanes were evaluated with this method by using retention times and normal boiling points as input data. ASTM D2887 calibration mixture containing 17 n-alkanes in the C-6-C-44 range were used for qualitative analyses. Retention times (t(R)) of n-alkanes were measured with this method. The other input data that normal boiling points (T-b) and molecular weight (M) had been taken in the literature. Experimental densities (at 20 degrees C) of n-alkanes were obtained from API Research Projects. Empirical molecular weight and density correlations were developed by using the nonlinear and multiple regressions with correlation coefficients. The results of calculations were compared with experimental data. Normal boiling point predictions were obtained as an average absolute deviation of 1.07%. Molecular weight and density results were evaluated as average absolute deviations of 0.68% and 0.21%, respectively. (c) 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.