Category: Two Phase Separator Equipment

Vortex Breakers

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It is normally a good idea to include a simple vortex breaker as shown in Figure 4-9 to keep a vortex from developing when the liquid control valve is open. A vortex could suck some gas out of the vapor space and re-entrain it in the liquid outlet.

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Mist Extractor

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Mist extractors can be made of wire mesh, vanes, centrifugal force devices, or packing. Wire mesh pads (Figure 4-10) are made of finely woven mats of stainless steel wire wrapped into a tightly packed cylinder. The liquid droplets impinge on the matted wires and coalesce. The effectiveness of wire mesh depends largely on the gas …

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Defoaming Plates

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Foam at the interface may occur when gas bubbles are liberated from the liquid. This foam can be stabilized with the addition of chemicals at the inlet. Many times a more effective solution is to force the foam to pass through a series of inclined parallel plates or tubes as shown in Figure 4-8 so …

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Inlet Diverters

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There are many types of inlet diverters. Two main types are baffle plates (shown in Figure 4-6) and centrifugal diverters (shown in Figure 4-7). A baffle plate can be a spherical dish, flat plate, angle iron, cone, or just about anything that will accomplish a rapid change in direction and velocity of the fluids and …

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