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Experimental investigation of the effect of droplet size on the separation performance of a two-phase separator
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  • Kul Pun,
  • F. A. Hamad,
  • Tariq Ahmed,
  • Johnson Ugwu,
  • James Eyers,
  • Gary Lawson,
  • Paul Russell
Kul Pun
Teesside University
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F. A. Hamad
Teesside University
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Tariq Ahmed
Teesside University
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Johnson Ugwu
Teesside University
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James Eyers
Teesside University
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Gary Lawson
Teesside University
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Paul Russell
Teesside University
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Abstract

This paper investigates the effect of liquid flow and oil pad thickness on the droplet size and separation performance. The findings show that increasing the inlet flow rates of the oil and water results in size reduction of the droplets. Increasing the thickness of the oil pad increases the size of the droplets. The measured data were fitted with a simple Gaussian model, and the fitted parameters of mean, standard deviation and amplitude were determined for each data set. Trends have been obtained from the fitted parameters as a function of the Reynolds number. The key parameter to predict and fix the position of the Gaussian distribution was found to be the mean droplet size. Simple Ab initio calculation methods to estimate this parameter was tested against the experimental data to identify the most promising method to predict this parameter for modelling purposes.