Gas-Liquid Cylindrical Cyclone (GLCC©1) separators are becoming increasingly popular as attractive alternatives to conventional separators as they are simple, compact, less expensive, have low-weight, and require little maintenance. However, present studies focus on GLCC designs and applications at relatively lower gas velocities (below the minimum velocity for onset of liquid carry-over in the form of annular/mist flow). With appropriate modifications, GLCCs can be used for wet gas (high gas liquid ratio, GLR) applications, characterized by higher gas velocities, to knock out the liquid droplets from the gas core. The objectives of this study are to design a novel GLCC capable of separating liquid from a wet gas stream; conduct experimental investigations to evaluate the GLCC performance improvement in terms of operational envelope for liquid carry-over; and, quantify the liquid extraction from the gas stream. GLCC design considerations/guidelines for wet gas application are also provided based on the experimental studies at low pressures. This investigation extends the capabilities of compact separators for wet gas applications for insitu gas volume fraction (GVF) greater than 95%.
Gas-Liquid Cylindrical Cyclone (GLCC©) Compact Separators For Wet Gas Applications
Contributed by the Petroleum Division for publication in the JOURNAL OF ENERGY RESOURCES TECHNOLOGY. Manuscript received by the Petroleum Division; April 2001; revised manuscript received May 2002. Associate Editor: S. A. Shirazi.
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Wang , S., Gomez , L. E., Mohan , R. S., Shoham, O., and Kouba, G. E. (March 14, 2003). "Gas-Liquid Cylindrical Cyclone (GLCC©) Compact Separators For Wet Gas Applications ." ASME. J. Energy Resour. Technol. March 2003; 125(1): 43–50. doi: https://doi.org/10.1115/1.1513180
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