Natural gas - Calculation of calorific values, density, relative density and Wobbe index from composition (ISO 6976:1995 including Corrigendum 1:1997, Corrigendum 2:1997 and Corrigendum 3:1999)

Specifies methods for the calculation of the superior calorific value and the inferior calorific value, density, relative density and Wobbe index of dry natural gas and other combustible gaseous fuels, when the composition of the gas by mole fraction is known. Replaces the first edition, which has been technically revised.

Erdgas - Berechnung von Brenn- und Heizwert, Dichte, relativer Dichte und Wobbeindex aus der Zusammensetzung (ISO 6976:1995 + Corrigendum 1:1997 + Corrigendum 2:1997 + Corrigendum 3:1999)

Diese Internationale Norm legt Verfahren zur Berechnung von Brennwert, Heizwert, Dichte, relativer Dichte und Wobbeindex von trockenen Erdgasen, Erdgasaustauschgasen und sonstigen Brenngasen fest, wenn die Zusammensetzung des Gases in Stoffmengenanteilen bekannt ist. Anhand dieser Verfahren können die Eigenschaften des Gasgemisches bei allgemein üblichen metrischen Referenzbedingungen berechnet werden.
Die Rechenverfahren benötigen Werte für verschiedene physikalische Eigenschaften der reinen Komponenten; diese Werte werden in Form von Tabellen und unter Angabe der jeweiligen Quellen bereitgestellt.
Des weiteren werden Verfahren zur Schätzung der Präzision der berechneten Eigenschaften beschrieben.
Die Verfahren zur Berechnung der molaren und massenbezogenen Eigenschaftswerte gelten für alle trockenen Erdgase, Erdgasaustauschgase oder sonstige in der Regel gasförmige Brennstoffe. Die Berechnung der volumenbezogenen Eigenschaftswerte ist auf Gase beschränkt, die überwiegend aus Methan bestehen (Stoffmengenanteil 3 0,5).
Beispiele zu den empfohlenen Rechenverfahren sind in Anhang D aufgeführt.
ANMERKUNG 1   Die in dieser Internationalen Norm verwendeten Symbole und ihre Bedeutungen sind in Anhang A erläutert.
ANMERKUNG 2   Die Qualifikationsmerkmale "higher", "upper", "total" und "gross" sind für diese Norm gleichbedeutend mit "superior" (calorific value, Brennwert); ebenso sind "lower" und "net" gleichbedeutend mit "inferior" (calorific value, Heizwert). Der Begriff "heating value" ist gleichbedeutend mit "calorific value"; "specific gravity" ist gleichbedeutend mit "relative density" (relative Dichte); "Wobbe number" ist gleichbedeutend mit "Wobbe index" (Wobbeindex); "compressibility factor" ist gleichbedeutend mit "compression factor" (Realgasfaktor).
ANMERKUNG 3   Ist die Zusammensetzung des Gases in Volumenanteilen bekannt, müssen diese in Stoffmengenanteile umgerechnet werden (siehe Anhang C). Dabei ist jedoch zu berücksichtigen, dass die abgeleiteten Stoffmen

Gaz naturel - Calcul du pouvoir calorifique, de la masse volumique, de la densité relative et de l'indice de Wobbe a partir de la composition (ISO 6976:1995, Corrigendum 1:1997, Corrigendum 2:1997 et Corrigendum 3:1999 inclus)

La présente Norme internationale prescrit des méthodes pour le calcul des pouvoirs calorifiques supérieur et inférieur, de la masse volumique, de la densité relative et de l'indice de Wobbe du gaz naturel sec et des substituts du gaz naturel lorsque la composition du gaz en fraction molaire est connue. Ces méthodes permettent de calculer les propriétés du mélange de gaz dans les conditions de référence métriques généralement utilisées. Les méthodes de calcul exigent des valeurs pour les différentes propriétés physiques des composants purs; ces valeurs sont consignées dans les tableaux et leurs sources sont identifiées. Des méthodes sont données pour estimer la précision des propriétés calculées. Les méthodes de calcul des valeurs des propriétés sur une base molaire ou sur une base massique sont applicables à tout gaz naturel sec, à tout substitut du gaz naturel ou à tout autre combustible normalement gazeux. Pour le calcul des valeurs des propriétés sur une base volumétrique, les méthodes sont limitées aux gaz essentiellement constitués (fraction molaire supérieure ou égale à 0,5) de méthane. Des exemples de calcul sont donnés dans l'annexe D pour les méthodes de calcul recommandées.
NOTES 1 Les symboles utilisés dans la présente Norme internationale sont explicitées dans l'annexe A. 2 Pour les besoins de la présente Norme internationale, les qualificatifs «plus élevé», «total» et «brut» sont synonymes de «supérieur»; de la même façon «plus bas» et «net» sont synony 1786mes d'«inférieur». Le terme «pouvoir chauffant» est synonyme de «pouvoir calorifique»; le «poids spécifique» est synonyme de «densité relative»; le «nombre de Wobbe» est synonyme d'«indice de Wobbe». Le terme «facteur de compressibilité» est synonyme de «facteur de compression». 3 Si la composition du gaz est connue en fractions volumiques, il convient de les convertir en fractions molaires (voir annexe C). À noter toutefois que les fractions molaires dérivées auront d

Zemeljski plin – Izračun kaloričnih vrednosti, gostote, relativne gostote in Wobbejevega indeksa iz kompozicije (ISO 6976:1995 vključujoč Popravek 2:1997 in Popravek 3:1999)

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Natural gas - Calculation of calorific values, density, relative density and Wobbe index

from composition (ISO 6976:1995 including Corrigendum 1:1997, Corrigendum 2:1997
and Corrigendum 3:1999)

Erdgas - Berechnung von Brenn- und Heizwert, Dichte, relativer Dichte und Wobbeindex

aus der Zusammensetzung (ISO 6976:1995 + Corrigendum 1:1997 + Corrigendum
2:1997 + Corrigendum 3:1999)

Gaz naturel - Calcul du pouvoir calorifique, de la masse volumique, de la densité relative

et de l'indice de Wobbe a partir de la composition (ISO 6976:1995, Corrigendum 1:1997,

Corrigendum 2:1997 et Corrigendum 3:1999 inclus)
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ICS:
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2003-01.Slovenski inštitut za standardizacijo. Razmnoževanje celote ali delov tega standarda ni dovoljeno.

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SIST EN ISO 6976:2005
EUROPEAN STANDARD
EN ISO 6976
NORME EUROPÉENNE
EUROPÄISCHE NORM
May 2005
ICS 75.060
English version
Natural gas - Calculation of calorific values, density, relative
density and Wobbe index from composition (ISO 6976:1995
including Corrigendum 1:1997, Corrigendum 2:1997 and
Corrigendum 3:1999)

Gaz naturel - Calcul du pouvoir calorifique, de la masse Erdgas - Berechnung von Brenn- und Heizwert, Dichte,

volumique, de la densité relative et de l'indice de Wobbe à relativer Dichte und Wobbeindex aus der

partir de la composition (ISO 6976:1995, Corrigendum Zusammensetzung (ISO 6976:1995 + Corigendum 1:1997

1:1997, Corrigendum 2:1997 et Corrigendum 3:1999 inclus) + Corigendum 2:1997 + Corigendum 3:1999)

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EN ISO 6976:2005 (E)
Foreword

The text of ISO 6976:1995 has been prepared by Technical Committee ISO/TC 193 "Natural

gas” of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and has been taken over as EN

ISO 6976:2005 by CMC.

This European Standard shall be given the status of a national standard, either by publication of

an identical text or by endorsement, at the latest by November 2005, and conflicting national

standards shall be withdrawn at the latest by November 2005.

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Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom.
Endorsement notice

The text of ISO 6976:1995 has been approved by CEN as EN ISO 6976:2005 without any

modifications.
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INTERNATIONAL
IS0
STANDARD
6976
Second edition
1995-l Z-01
Corrected and reprinted
1996-02-01
Natural gas - Calculation of calorific
values, density, relative density and Wobbe
index from composition
Gaz na turel - Calcul du pouvoir calorifique, de la masse volumique, de la
densit relative et de I’indice de Wobbe P partir de la composition
Reference number
IS0 6976:1995(E)
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Contents
Page
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

1 Scope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

............................................. ............ ......................

2 Definitions . .
...................................... .................. ................. 3
3 Principle ............

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

4 Behaviour of ideal and real gases
........................ 3
4.1 Enthalpy of combustion ..................................

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

4.2 Calculation of compression factor
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
5 Calculation of calorific value on a molar basis

5.1 Ideal gas ............................ .................................... .................

........................................... ...................... ................. 4

5.2 Real gas
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
6 Calculation of calorific value on a mass basis
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

6.1 Ideal gas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

6.2 Real gas ............................. .................................... ................. 5

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
7 Calculation of calorific value on a volumetric basis
............................. 5
7.1 Ideal gas ............................... .....................

........................ ................. ......................................... 5

7.2 Real gas
. . . . . . . . 6
8 Calculation of relative density, density and Wobbe index

8.1 Ideal gas - . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ~ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

8.2 Real gas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Accuracy .......................... ........................... 6
9 ...............................

9.1 Precision ............................... ............... ................................... 6

9.2 Trueness ......................... ................................ ........................ 8

................................. ............................. 9
9.3 Expression of results

IO Tables of recommended data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IO

0 IS0 1995

All rights reserved. Unless otherwise specified, no part of this publication may be reproduced

or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopyrng and

microfilm, without permission in writing from the publisher.
International Organization for Standardization
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Printed in Switzerland
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Annexes

A Symbols and units . . . . . ..*........................................... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

B Values of auxiliary constants, etc. ........................... .............. 17

B.l Molar gas constant ........ .................................... ..................

B.2 Critical constants and acentric factors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

B.3 Properties of dry air ..................................... .......... ........ ...... 17

B.4 Enthalpy of vaporization of water . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

C Conversion of volume fractions to mole fractions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

D Examples of calculations ..................................... ..........
........ 21

D.l Calorific value on a molar basis (clause 5) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

D.2 Calorific value on a mass basis (clause 6) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

D.3 Calorific value on a volumetric basis (clause 7) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

D.4 Relative density, density and Wobbe index (clause 8)
....... 22

D.5 Precision (clause 9) .......................... .................................... 23

E Behaviour of ideal and real gases ........................... ............... 25

E.l Variation of ideal-gas enthalpy of combustion with

temperature ................ ........................................ ........ .......... 25

E.2 Corrections for non-ideality: volumetric effects ...................
E.3 Corrections for non-ideality: enthalpic effects
..................... 28
F Effects of water vapour on calorific value
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

F.l General . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F.2 Excluded volume effect . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F.3 Latent heat (enthalpic) effect ............................... ................ 31

F.4 Compression factor effect . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

G Summary, discussion and selection of the calorific value of

methane . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

H Derivation of equations relating to precision .........................

H.l Methane by difference ........................................................ 36

H.2 Methane by analysis ............................ ................................

J Approximate conversion factors between reference states
. . 38
K Computer implementation of recommended methods . . . . . . . . . 40
L Calorific values on a molar basis for 60 “F reference
............................ ...........
temperature ....... .............................. 43
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IV! Bibliography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..*............

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Foreword
IS0 (the International Organization for Standardization) is a worldwide
federation of national standards bodies (IS0 member bodies). The work
of preparing International Standards is normally carried out through IS0
technical committees. Each member body interested in a subject for
which a technical committee has been established has the right to be
represented on that committee. International organizations, governmental
and non-governmental, in liaison with ISO, also take part in the work. IS0
collaborates closely with the International Electrotechnical Commission
(IEC) on all matters of electrotechnical standardization.
Draft International Standards adopted by the technical committees are
circulated to the member bodies for voting. Publication as an International
Standard requires approval by at least 75 % of the member bodies casting
a vote.
International Standard IS0 6976 was prepared by Technical Committee
ISO/TC 193, Natural gas, Subcommittee SC I, Analysis of natural gas.
This second edition cancels and replaces the first edition
(IS0 6976:1983), of which it constitutes a technical revision.
Annexes A and B form an integral part of this International Standard. An-
nexes C, D, E, F, G, H, J, K, L and M are for information only.
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SIST EN ISO 6976:2005
IS0 6976:1995(E)
INTERNATIONAL STANDARD 0 IS0
- Calculation of calorific values, density,
Natural gas
relative density and Wobbe index from composition
synonymous with “calorific value ”; “specific gravity” is
1 Scope
synonymous with “relative density ”; “Wobbe number” is
synonymous with “Wobbe index ”; “compressibility factor”
is synonymous with “compression factor ”.
This International Standard specifies methods for the
3 If the composition of the gas is known by volume frac-
calculation of the superior calorific value, inferior
tions these must be converted to mole fractions (see
calorific value, density, relative density and Wobbe
annex C). Note, however, that the derived mole fractions
index of dry natural gases, natural gas substitutes and
will have uncertainties greater than those of the original
other combustible gaseous fuels, when the compo-
volume fractions.
sition of the gas by mole fraction is known. The
4 For the purposes of this International Standard, the sum
methods provide a means of calculating the proper-
of the mole fractions used must be unity to the nearest
ties of the gas mixture at commonly used metric ref-
0,000 I, and all components with mole fractions greater
erence conditions.
than 0,000 05 must be accounted for.
The methods of calculation require values for various
5 For the calorific value calculated on a volumetric basis,
physical properties of the pure components; these
there are limitations on the amounts of components other
values are provided in tables and their sources are
than methane which may be present. It is impossible to be
definitive on this matter, but the following guidelines may
identified.
be useful:
Methods are given for estimating the precision of
N, should not be present in amounts exceeding 0,3
calculated properties.
mole fraction;
The methods of calculation of the values of properties
CO, and C,H, should each not exceed 0,15 mole frac-
on either a molar or mass basis are applicable to any
tion;
dry natural gas, natural gas substitute or other
combustible fuel which is normally gaseous. For the
no other component should exceed 0,05 mole fraction.
calculation of the values of properties on a volumetric
basis, the methods are restricted to gases consisting
Given these limits, the expected trueness of the calculation
preponderantly of methane (not less than 0,5 mole
is within 0,l %.
fraction).
6 The effects of water vapour on the calorific value, either
directly measured or calculated, are discussed in annex F.
Examples of calculations are given in annex D for the
recommended methods of calculation.
7 For the methods of calculation described to be valid, the
gas must be above its hydrocarbon dew-point at the pre-
NOTES
scribed reference conditions.
1 The symbols used in this International Standard, to-
8 The values of basic physical property data are subject to
gether with their meanings, are given in annex A.
revision as more accurate values become available from
authoritative sources.
2 The qualifiers “higher ”, “upper ”, “total” and “gross”
are, for the purposes of this International Standard, syn-
onymous with “superior ”; likewise, “lower” and “net” are
synonymous with “inferior ”. The term “heating value” is
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On molar, mass and volumetric bases, the inferior
2 Definitions
calorific value is designated respectively as q (tl ,I+),
W,~Pl) and 4Kb P1w(~*~P2)1~
For the purposes of this International Standard, the
following definitions apply.
2.3 density: The mass of a gas sample divided by
its volume at specified conditions of pressure and
2.1 superior calorific value: The amount of heat
temperature.
which would be released by the complete combustion
in air of a specified quantity of gas, in such a way that
2.4 relative density: The density of a gas divided
the pressure p1 at which the reaction takes place re-
by the density of dry air of standard composition (see
mains constant, and all the products of combustion
annex B) at the same specified conditions of pressure
are returned to the same specified temperature t, as
and temperature. The term ideal relative density ap--
that of the reactants, all of these products being in the
plies when both gas and air are considered as fluids
gaseous state except for water formed by com-
which obey the ideal gas law (see 2.7); the term real
bustion, which is condensed to the liquid state at t,.
relative density applies when both gas and air are
considered as real fluids.
Where the quantity of gas is specified on a molar ba-
sis, the calorific value is designated as &(t,,pJ; on a
2.5 Wobbe index: The superior calorific value on a
mass basis the calorific value is designated as
volumetric basis at specified reference conditions,
Hs (4 IPI > - divided by the square root of the relative density at
the same specified metering reference conditions.
Where the quantity of gas is specified on a volumetric
value is designated as
basis, the calorific
2.6 enthalpy of transformation: The enthalpy of
is [t,,p,, V(t2,p2)], where t2 and p2 are the gas volume
transformation of a substance from state A to state
(metering) reference conditions (see figure 1).
B is thermodynamic terminology for the amount of
heat release which accompanies the transformation

2.2 inferior calorific value: The amount of heat between states. A positive heat release is taken by

convention to be a numerically identical negative
which would be released by the complete combustion
enthalpy increment. The quantities enthalpy of com-
in air of a specified quantity of gas, in such a way that
bustion and enthalpy of vaporization therefore have
the pressure p1 at which the reaction takes place re-
meanings which should be contextually self-evident;
mains constant, and all the products of combustion
the term enthalpic correction refers to the (molar)
are returned to the same specified temperature t, as

that of the reactants, all of these products being in the enthalpy of transformation between the ideal and real

states of a gas.
gaseous state.
Water as vapour
lnferio value I?,
rc alorif ic
Air
Metering
/-p--t--
at h PI
Gas at
tz, P2
Water as liquid
Superi or calorific value &
Combustion
Heat release
= Calorific value ti
Metered volume of gas
- Metering and combustion reference conditions
Figure 1 - Calorific value on a volumetric basis
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sponding mole fraction, all the terms then being
2.7 ideal gas and real gas: An ideal gas is one
added together to obtain the “mole fraction average”
which obeys the ideal gas law:
of the property for the ideal-gas mixture. Values on a
. . .
= RmT
(1)
P=v,
volumetric basis are then converted to values for the
real-gas state by applying a volumetric correction fac-
where
tor.
is the absolute pressure;
NOTE 10 An enthalpic correction factor which is also, in
principle, required in calorific value calculations is deemed
T is the thermodynamic temperature;
to be negligible in all relevant cases.
is the volume per mole of gas;
In clause 10, values are given for the physical
properties of the pure components of natural gas on
R is the molar gas constant, in coherent
molar, mass and volumetric bases for the con- lmonly
units.
used reference conditions . Examples of calcu lations
No real gas obeys this law. For real gases, equation
are given in annex D.
(1) must be rewritten as
= Z(T,p) -RgT . . .
4 Behaviour of idea I and rea I gases
(2)
PT-ll
where Z(T,p) is a variable, often close to unity, and is
4.1 Enthalpy of combustion
known as the compression factor (see 2.8 and E.2).
The most fundamental physical quantities required in
2.8 compression factor: The actual (real) volume
the calculation of calorific values from first principles
of a given mass of gas at a specified pressure and
are the ideal-gas (standard) molar enthalpies of com-
temperature divided by its volume, under the same
bustion for the component gases of the mixture.
conditions, as calculated from the ideal gas law.
These quantities are complex functions of tempera-
ture; thus, the values required depend upon the
2.9 combustion reference conditions: The speci-
combustion reference temperature t,. For practical
fied temperature t, and pressure pl. These are the
reasons, it is not intended that the user himself car-
conditions at which the fuel is notionally burned (see
ries out calculations which give the appropriate values
figure 1).
at any arbitrary combustion reference temperature.
Instead, tabulations are given for the temperatures
2.10 metering reference conditions: The specified
t, = 25 “C, 20 “C, 15 “C and 0 “C. In clause E.l the
temperature + and pressure pz. These are the con-
derivations of the values tabulated are discussed; the
ditions at which the amount of fuel to be burned is
important point is that all four values for any sub-
notionally determined; there is no a priori reason for
stance are mutually consistent in a thermodynamic
these to be the same as the combustion reference
sense.
conditions (see figure I).
For the calorific value (on any of the three possible
NOTE 9 A range of reference conditions is in use
bases), a so-called enthalpic correction is, in principle,
throughout the world; appropriate data for the principal sets
required in order to convert the ideal-gas enthalpy of
of metric reference conditions are given in tables in this
combustion for the gas mixture to a value appropriate
International Standard.
to the real gas. This, however, is generally small
enough to be negligible. A discussion justifying such
2.11 dry natural gas: Gas which does not contain
neglect is given in clause E.3.
water vapour at a mole fraction greater than 0,000 05.
42 . Calculation of compression factor
3 Principle
For the volumetric-basis calorific value, a second real-

Methods are provided for the calculation of the gas correction is required to account for the deviation

calorific values, density, relative density and Wobbe of the gas from volumetric ideality, and this is gener-

index of any dry natural gas, natural gas substitute or ally not negligible. This correction is also required in

the calculation of density, relative density and, by im-
other combustible gaseous fuel from a known com-
plication, Wobbe index. Clause E.2 gives the back-
position. These methods use equations in which, for
ground to the way in which corrections for volumetric
all individual molecular species of the gas mixture, the

values of ideal-gas thermophysical properties (which non-ideality should be applied, discusses the princi-

are given) are weighted in accordance with the corre- ples involved, and justifies the simplifications em-

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have been derived from the 25 “C values in accord-
ployed which enable tractable calculations to be made
ance with the methods described in clause E.I.
without necessitating machine computation.
NOTES
Such corrections for volumetric non-ideality are made
using the compression factor Zmix. The formulation to
II Values of ??y are independent of pressure; conse-
be used for Zmix at the metering reference conditions,
quently the combustion reference pressure JI, is irrelevant
as required for the calculations described in clauses
for the ideal-gas case and is omitted from the nomenclature
5 to 9, is (equation E.17):
adopted.
12 The ideal-gas calorific value on a molar basis of a gas
. . .
or gas mixture is defined in this International Standard as a
zr-nix (t*lp*) = I - xj’ hj (3)
positive number. The values given in table3 are numerically
j=l
i I
equal to the standard molar enthalpies of combustion,
which are, however, conventionally expressed as negative
where the summation is taken over all N components
quantities (see 2.6).
of the mixture. Values of the so-called summation
factor bj are given in table2 (clause 10) at the
II-
three metering reference conditions of common in- 5.2 Real gas
terest, for all of the components of natural gas and
For the purposes of this International Standard the
substitute natural gas considered in this International
real-gas calorific value on a molar basis is taken as
Standard. Values are also given for all pure component
numerically equal to the corresponding ideal-gas
compression factors (or hypothetical compression
value.
factors) 5, from which the &i ’s have generally been
Zjs Any user re-
derived using the relationship-h, = 1 -
NOTE 13 A rigorous approach to the calculation of the
quiring greater detail should consult clause E.2.
real-gas calorific value on a molar basis from the ideal-gas
value would require the calculation of an enthalpic cor-
rection (see 4.1) for the mixture. In practice, this correction
5 Calculation of calorific value on a
is very small for typical natural gases, and can usually be
neglected with resultant errors not exceeding 50 J*mol- ’
molar basis
(approximately 0,005 %) (see clause E.3).
5.1 Ideal gas
6 Calculation of calorific value on a mass
The ideal-gas calorific value on a molar basis, at a basis
of a mixture of known composition is
temperature t,,
calculated from the equation
6.1 Ideal gas
;E70(tj) = F,Xj’T(tj)
. . .
(4) The ideal-gas calorific value on a mass basis, at a
j=l
temperature t,, of a mixture of known composition is
calculated from the equation
Ho(tl)
. . .
(5)
PO(+) is the ideal molar calorific value of the fiO(t,)
mixture (either superior or inferior);
where
HjT(t,) is the ideal molar calorific value of com-
ponent j (either superior or inferior);
M is the molar mass of the mixture, and is
calculated from the equation
is the mole fraction of component j.
Numerical values of T for t, = 25 “C are given rn
M = XjmMj . . .
(6)
table3 (clause 10); the values for (i?& are taken
i=l
from the original literature sources cited in annex M,
and the values for (fl,‘), derived using the accepted

value of the standard enthalpy of vaporization of water being the mole fraction of

at 25 “C (see annex B). component j;
Values for $’ for other temperatures (t, = 20 “C, being the molar mass of com-
ponent j;
15 “C and 0 “C) are also given in table3; these values
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h ”(t-,) is the ideal calorific value on a mass basis is the molar gas constant
of the mixture (either superior or inferior). (= 8,314 510 J=mol- ‘=K-I,
see clause B.l);
Table 1 (clause IO) lists values of the molar mass for

all components considered in this International Stan- T2( = t2 + 273,15) is the absolute temperature, in

kelvins.
dard.
The use of equation 1 represents the definitive
Use of equations (5) an$ (6) represents the definitive (8)
method for calculating H. An alternative method uses
method for calculating H . An alternative method uses
the equation
the equation
fi”(tj) = t Xj x -$
. . .
'y('l) (9)
(7)
( 1 =
j=l
J ’
A0 where Hj [tl,V(t2,p2)] is the ideal calorific value on a
wh ere Hi (t,) is the ideal calorific value on a mass ba-
volumetric basis of component j (either superior or
sis of component j (either superior or inferior).
values of Hj for four values
For convenience,
For convenience, values of fiJy for a variety of com-
of tl (25 “C, 20 “C, 15 “C and 0 “C) are given in
bustion and metering reference conditions are given
table4 (clause 1 O), in order that the user may avoid
in table 5 (clause IO), in order that the user may avoid
the necessity of using values of HI? as the starting
the necessity of using values of flJy as the starting
point of a calculation.
point of a calculation.
Numerical values obtained from either method will be
Numerical values obtained from either method will be
concordant to within 0,Ol MJ-kg-l, which is within
concordant to within 0,Ol MJmmB3, which is within
the limits of significance for the current state-of-the-
the limits of significance for the current state-of-the-
art.
art.
7.2 Real gas
6.2 Real gas
The real-gas calorific value on a volumetric basis, for
For the purposes of this International Standard, the
combustion at temperature t, and pressure p1 of a gas
real-gas calorific value on a mass basis is taken as
mixture metered at a temperature t2 and pressure p2
numerically equal to the corresponding ideal-gas
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