3D Computational-Fluid-Dynamics Modeling of Horizontal Three-Phase Separators: An Approach for Estimating the Optimal Dimensions
- Ahmadreza Ghaffarkhah (Amirkabir University of Technology) | Mohammadjavad Ameri Shahrabi (Amirkabir University of Technology) | Mostafa Keshavarz Moraveji (Amirkabir University of Technology)
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- Society of Petroleum Engineers
- SPE Production & Operations
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- November 2018
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- Journal Paper
- 879 - 895
- 2018.Society of Petroleum Engineers
- CFD, Separation efficiency, Semi-empirical design method, DPM, Three phase separator
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This study presents an approach to determine the dimensions of three-phase separators. First, we designed different vessel configurations depending on the fluid properties of an Iranian gas/condensate field. We then devised a comprehensive computational-fluid-dynamics (CFD) method for analyzing the phenomena of three-phase separation. The results in terms of separation efficiency and behavior of secondary-phase particles were reviewed to choose the optimal configuration. Only a slight difference in the length of this vessel and the existing separator was found. In addition, simulation data were compared with industrial data pertaining to a similar existing separator. The results of this work showed that the CFD model used is capable of investigating the performance of three-phase separators.
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