Efficient phase separation using gravity-based separators is an essential part of almost every process operation in the oil, gas, and petrochemical sectors. Poor sizing and design of separation equipment can lead to operational and safety issues that can be very costly to resolve and can result in lost production. The design of multiphase separators is a nontrivial task, requiring knowledge of complex separation physics. Experimental studies to obtain separator performance can be cost prohibitive.
While Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is an economical tool for properly designing and sizing gravity separators, many CFD models are not adequately validated and should be used with caution. This presentation will provide an evaluation of multiphase flow models needed for the design of separation technology, where example computational simulations of a horizontal liquid-liquid separator will be presented. Finally, the results will be compared against experimental data for model validation.
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