Gas-Liquid Cylindrical Cyclone (GLCC©) Separators have been in use in petroleum and other related industries for over two decades. Prediction of Liquid Carry-Over Operational Envelope (LCO-OE) is essential for designing and proper operation of GLCC©. Earlier mechanistic models for predicting LCO-OE were based on gas-liquid phase flow. A new mechanistic model has been developed for the prediction of the LCO-OE incorporating the effect of watercut and fluid properties for a GLCC© under liquid level and pressure control configuration. The new model captures the effect of viscosity and surface tension on the LCO-OE and the effect of water cut on the onset of annular mist velocity. Comparison between the developed mechanistic model predictions for LCO-OE with the experimental data show a good agreement.
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Mechanistic Modeling of Liquid Carry-Over for 3-Phase Flow in GLCC© Compact Separators
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Kolla, SS, Mohan, RS, & Shoham, O. "Mechanistic Modeling of Liquid Carry-Over for 3-Phase Flow in GLCC© Compact Separators." Proceedings of the ASME 2018 5th Joint US-European Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting. Volume 1: Flow Manipulation and Active Control; Bio-Inspired Fluid Mechanics; Boundary Layer and High-Speed Flows; Fluids Engineering Education; Transport Phenomena in Energy Conversion and Mixing; Turbulent Flows; Vortex Dynamics; DNS/LES and Hybrid RANS/LES Methods; Fluid Structure Interaction; Fluid Dynamics of Wind Energy; Bubble, Droplet, and Aerosol Dynamics. Montreal, Quebec, Canada. July 15–20, 2018. V001T06A017. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/FEDSM2018-83407
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