CFD and experimental studies of fluid and particle flow in horizontal primary separators

D. Wilkinson, B. Waldie

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Abstract

The flow field of liquid in two dimensional and three dimensional models of horizontal primary oil/water separators has been studied experimentally using LDA and PDA measurement techniques. A CFD simulation has also been applied to these configurations to assess its suitability for further modelling work. It was found that the CFD results were in reasonable agreement with velocity measurements in a small two dimensional, rectangular model separator, but there were substantial differences between measured flow patterns and CFD predictions in a large three dimensional cylindrical separator. Measurements were also made of particle size distribution at locations near the inlet of the small two dimensional model separator. These were found to be consistent with size dependent particle trajectories predicted by the CFD simulated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-196
Number of pages8
JournalChemical Engineering Research and Design
Volume72
Issue numberA2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1994

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