The process industries spend an enormous amount of money (over half a trillion US dollars) to design, build, maintain, improve and troubleshoot chemical plants. Process modeling has become an essential tool to execute these efforts, and, in turn, process modeling is enabled by models that capture the thermodynamic properties and phase behavior of the various chemical systems, whether they be the feedstocks, products, or undesired impurities. Property Packages contain the model parameters that enable software to accurately simulate the required thermodynamic and physical properties. Dr. Mathias has over four decades of experience in developing accurate and reliable property databases.
He published a seminal paper alpha functions of equations of state, and has continued to work on this subject. He recognized the value of human intuition that experts use to anticipate and evaluate the patterns of physical properties. He uses the fundamentals of thermodynamics to assess the validity of proposed properties and conclusions. He has educated the applied-thermodynamics community on effective ways to develop property packages for industrial application. These procedures and practices will ensure that the Property Package developed for your project will perform effectively.