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Wet Gas Separation in Gas-Liquid Cylindrical Cyclone (GLCC) Separator

[+] Author Affiliations
Robiro Molina

PDVSA, Venezuela

Shoubo Wang, Luis E. Gomez, Ram S. Mohan, Ovadia Shoham

University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK

Gene Kouba

Chevron Energy Technology Company, Houston, TX

Paper No. OMAE2007-29386, pp. 731-746; 16 pages
  • ASME 2007 26th International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering
  • Volume 2: Structures, Safety and Reliability; Petroleum Technology Symposium
  • San Diego, California, USA, June 10–15, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4268-1 | eISBN: 0-7918-3799-8
  • Copyright © 2007 by ASME


A novel Gas Liquid Cylindrical Cyclone (GLCC© ), equipped with an Annular Film Extractor (AFE), for wet gas applications has been developed and studied experimentally and theoretically. Detailed experimental investigation of the modified GLCC has been carried out for low and high pressure conditions. The results show expansion of the operational envelope for liquid carry-over, and improved performance of the modified GLCC. For low pressures, the modified GLCC can remove all the liquid from the gas stream, resulting in zero liquid carry-over. For high pressure conditions, the GLCC with a single AFE has separation efficiency > 80% for gas velocity ratio of < 3. A mechanistic model and an aspect ratio design model for the modified GLCC has been developed, including the analysis of the AFE. The model predictions agree with the experimental data within ± 15% for low pressure and ± 25% for high pressure conditions.

Copyright © 2007 by ASME



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