A novel gas separation process makes use of a rotating phase separator to separate micron-sized droplets from a gas stream. Based on an industrial scale design, a water/air separator is constructed and tested. The first experiment concerns the drainage of large fractions of separated liquid. During operation, drainage is observed via windows and a descriptive model is formulated. Because of the major influence on overall separation efficiency, liquid drainage is a key issue in the separator design. The second experiment comprises a droplet collection efficiency measurement using micron-sized droplets dispersed within the airstream. The separation efficiency of fine droplet removal is measured. This is an important factor in reducing capital costs.
Performance of a Novel Rotating Gas-Liquid Separator
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Willems, G. P., Kroes, J. P., Golombok, M., van Esch, B. P. M., van Kemenade, H. P., and Brouwers, J. J. H. (March 17, 2010). "Performance of a Novel Rotating Gas-Liquid Separator." ASME. J. Fluids Eng. March 2010; 132(3): 031301. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4001008
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