Geometric effects on phase split at a large diameter T-junction
Wren, Elisabeth Mary Katie (2001) Geometric effects on phase split at a large diameter T-junction. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.
The separation of gas-liquid flows is a necessary part of many industrial processes. Thus, it has received much attention over the years with the ultimate aim of reducing equipment costs whilst maintaining or improving efficiency. Traditionally, the Petroleum Industry has relied heavily on conventional vessel separators which are bulky, expensive and have a high inventory. Research has indicated that a cheap alternative may be a simple pipe junction. It has been shown that gas-liquid flows can be divided at pipe junctions in such a manner that there is a partial separation of the phases. The result is two streams - one richer in gas than the initial feed and the other richer in liquid. If the phases can be separated, albeit partially, at a simple pipe junction then the need for a large separator is diminished.
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