# 1.2 Software

### Engineering Equation Solver (EES)™

Engineering Equation Solver (EES) is a stand-alone software package. It can be purchase from F-Chart software. Many academic institutions and industrial companies have site licenses for EES.

In EES, system equations are entered in free format. Properties are accessed by calling various property routines. For example, to compute the density of water at 20°C and 101.325 kPa, the following EES statement is entered into the equation window,

rho = DENSITY(water, T=20, P=101.325)

The resulting density is calculated an displayed in the solutions window. When using property calls, the units for the various independent property inputs must be consist with the** unit settings** in EES.

### REFPROP

REFPROP is a thermophysical property calculation package developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The REFPROP DLL can be accessed as a MS Excel add-in allowing properties to be calculated within spreadsheet cells.

Once the REFPROP addin is enabled in a spreadsheet, The call within a spreadsheet cell takes on the following form:

**= REFPROP(code, fluid, input code, units, property 1, property 2)**

**code** indicates which property is being calculated. There are many properties available in REFPROP. The common thermodynamic and transport property codes are,

T = temperature

P = pressure

Qmass = quality (mass basis)

D = density

E = internal energy

H = enthalpy

S = entropy

CV = isochoric heat capacity

CP = isobaric heat capacity

VIS = dynamic viscosity

KV = kinematic viscosity

TCX = thermal conductivity

PRANDTL = Prandtl number

The property code must be contained within double quotes, or referenced to a spreadsheet cell.

**fluid** is the REFPROP fluid name. REFPROP has an extensive pure fluid, pseudo-pure fluid, and mixture database. The tables in Appendix B were generated using REFPROP. The fluid names shown in the various property tables can be used for the fluid variable in the function call. The fluid name must be contained within double quotes, or referenced to a spreadsheet cell.

**input code** indicates the known independent property pair being used to find the property identified by **code**. There are many input codes allowed in REFPROP. The common input pairs are,

TP = temperature and pressure

TD = temperature and density

TS = temperature and entropy

TQ = temperature and quality

PD = pressure and density

PE = pressure and internal energy

PH = pressure and enthalpy

PS = pressure and entropy

PQ = pressure and quality

DE = density and internal energy

DH = density and enthalpy

DS = density and entropy

DQ = density and quality

ES = internal energy and entropy

EQ = internal energy and quality

HS = enthalpy and entropy

HQ = enthalpy and quality

SQ = entropy and quality

The input property code must be contained within double quotes, or referenced to a spreadsheet cell.

**units** signifies the unit system being used. There are several unit sets available. The most common, along with the actual units used within the unit syste are,

SI = SI system (K, MPa, kg/m^3, kJ/kg, kJ/kg-K, uPa-s, cm^2/s, mW/m-K)

C = SI system with temperatures in °C (°C, MPa, kg/m^3, kJ/kg, kJ/kg-K, uPa-s, cm^2/s, mW/m-K)

E = IP system (°F, psia, lbm/ft^3, Btu/lbm, Btu/lbm-°R, lbm/ft-s, ft^2/s, Btu/hr-ft-°R)

The units code must be contained within double quotes, or referenced to a spreadsheet cell.

**property1** and** property2** are the numerical values of the properties consistent with the** input code**. The numerical values of the properties must be consistent with the unit system defined by** units**.

When REFPROP is installed on a computer, the file REFPROP.XLS is created in the "Program Files/REFPROP" or "Program Files (x86)/REFPROP" folder. This spreadsheet file contains the details all of the MS Excel features that are available.

### CoolProp

CoolProp is an open-source thermophysical property calculation package. When installed, a CoolProp add-in becomes available for MS Excel allowing properties to be calculated within spreadsheet cells. The CoolProp windows installer automatically installs the coolprop.xlam file in the users addin folder and automatically activates the Excel addin. This can become problematic in a course setting when Excel files are shared among different computers since there are different usernames for different computers (C:\Users\). A workaround for this is to have all users in the course create a common folder (e.g., C:\xla), relocate the coolprop.xlam file to that folder, and update the CoolProp add-in source in MS Excel.

Properties are calculated with spreadsheet cells using the following function,

**=PropsSI(code, input code 1, property1, input code 2, property2, fluid)**

Notice that there is no input for the unit system. This is because CoolProp works exclusively in the SI unit system. The units associated with each property are indicated in the** code** explanation below.

**code** indicates which property is being calculated. There are many properties available in CoolProp. The common thermodynamic and transport property codes, along with their associated SI units are,

T = temperature (K)

P = pressure (Pa)

Q = quality (mass basis)

D = density (kg/m^3)

U = internal energy (J/kg)

H = enthalpy (J/kg)

S = entropy (J/kg-K)

O = isochoric heat capacity (J/kg-K)

C = isobaric heat capacity (J/kg-K)

V = dynamic viscosity (Pa-s)

L = thermal conductivity (W/m-K)

PRANDTL = Prandtl number

This is an abbreviated list. The full list of CoolProp property codes can be found here.

**input code 1** and **input code 2 **represent the known independent property pair being used to find the property identified by **code**. The allowed inputs are: P, T, D, U, H, S, and Q. The input codes must be contained within double quotes, or referenced to a spreadsheet cell.

**property1** and **property2** are the numerical values of the properties referred to by **input code 1** and **input code 2**. The values must be consistent with the SI unit set defined by the **code** value.

**fluid** is the fluid name code. The fluid name code is similar to the fluid names in Appendix B, with the exception of the normal hydrocarbons. For the normal hydrocarbons, the fluid name is preceeded with "n-". For example, the hexane fluid code is n-Hexane. A complete list of fluids in the CoolProp data base can be found here.

CoolProp has the advantage of being free since it is open source. However, it also has an advantage over REFPROP in that it can compute incompressible fluid properties for many substances and mixtures, including brines (Appendix B.4). There are a wide variety of incompressible fluids available in CoolProp. For the brines, the general form of the fluid code

INCOMP::**fluid**[**xxx**]

The **fluid** codes for the brines listed in Appendix B.4 are,

MEG = ethylene glycol-water solutions

MPG = propylene glycol-water solutions

VMA = methanol-water solutions

MEA = ethanol-water solutions

MCA = calcium chloride-water solutions

MMG = magnesium chloride-water solutions

MNA = sodium chloride-water solutions

**xxx** represents the mass percent of the water additive. This can be expressed as a decimal value between 0 and 1, or as a percent. For example, to compute the density of a 15% calcium chloride solution at 270 K, the CoolProp function call is,

=PropsSI("D", "T", 270, "Q", 0, "INCOMP::MCA[0.15]") or =PropsSI("D", "T", 270, "Q", 0, "INCOMP::MCA[15%]")

A complete list of incompressible substances available in CoolProp can be found here.