A test of the polynomial-fitting method of determining binary-gas-mixture adsorption equilibria

Mark J. Heslop, Bryan A. Buffham, Geoffrey Mason

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The polynomial-fitting method is used to determine the adsorption isotherms of binary gas mixtures. The method involves measuring retention times in a chromatographic column at different compositions; a polynomial is then fitted to a specific function of the retention time versus composition data. An algebraic expression can be obtained for each isotherm, with the coefficients depending on the polynomial coefficients. In this paper we examine the detailed working of the method assuming perfect experimental data is available. We use hypothetical systems that obey the binary-Langmuir theory. Starting with the hypothetical system, the set of retention times is calculated, and these are used in the polynomial-fitting method to estimate the binary isotherms. Comparison of the original and estimated isotherms allows a direct assessment of the precision of the method. The results show that the method is best suited to systems where both binary isotherms are close to linear.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1456-1466
Number of pages11
JournalIndustrial and Engineering Chemistry Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • polynomial fitting
  • adsorption isotherms
  • binary gas mixtures
  • chromatography


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