Application of machine-learning algorithms to predict the transport properties of Mie fluids

Justinas Šlepavičius, Alessandro Patti, James L. McDonagh, Carlos Avendano

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The ability to predict transport properties of fluids, such as the self-diffusion coefficient and viscosity, has been an ongoing effort in the field of molecular modelling. While there are theoretical approaches to predict the transport properties of simple systems, they are typically applied in the dilute gas regime and are not directly applicable to more complex systems. Other attempts to predict transport properties are done by fitting available experimental or molecular simulation data to empirical or semi-empirical correlations. Recently, there have been attempts to improve the accuracy of these fittings through the use of Machine Learning (ML) methods. In this work, the application of ML algorithms to represent the transport properties of systems comprising spherical particles interacting via the Mie potential is investigated. To this end, the self-diffusion coefficient and shear viscosity of 54 potentials are obtained at different regions of the fluid-phase diagram. This data set is used together with three ML algorithms, namely k-Nearest Neighbours, Artificial Neural Network and Symbolic Regression, to find correlations between the parameters of each potential and the transport properties at different densities and temperatures. It is shown that ANN and KNN perform to a similar extent, followed by SR, which exhibits larger deviations. Finally, the application of the three ML models to predict the self-diffusion coefficient of small molecular systems, such as krypton, methane and carbon dioxide is demonstrated using molecular parameters derived from the so-called SAFT-VR Mie equation of state [J. Chem. Phys. 139, 154504 (2013)] and available experimental vapour-liquid coexistence data.
Original languageEnglish
JournalThe Journal of chemical physics
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jul 2023


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