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Theoretical Modeling of the Oil–Gas Cyclone Separator in Oil–Injected Compressor Systems

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Xiang Gao, Yaopeng Zhao, Jianmei Feng, Yunfeng Chang, Xueyuan Peng

Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, Shaanxi, China

Paper No. IMECE2012-87383, pp. 89-99; 11 pages
  • ASME 2012 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 6: Energy, Parts A and B
  • Houston, Texas, USA, November 9–15, 2012
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4522-6
  • Copyright © 2012 by ASME


This paper presented a simplified theoretical model of gas flow and particle motion in cyclone separator in oil-injected compressor based on the vortex flow equations. The tangential velocity distributions in cyclone separator for the top area and the bottom area have both been deduced by defining a pressure energy coefficient and the minimum oil droplet diameter been completely separated has been determined for variable separators. The separation efficiencies of different diameter oil droplets calculated by proposed model were compared with numerical simulation results using RSM model in gas flow field and DPM in oil droplet motion and the results were acceptable.

Copyright © 2012 by ASME
Topics: Compressors , Modeling



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