Performance of a novel rotating gas-liquid separator

G.P. Willems, J.P. Kroes, M. Golombok, B.P.M. Esch, van, H.P. Kemenade, van, J.J.H. Brouwers

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A novel gas separation process makes use of a rotating phase separator to separate micron-sized droplets from a gas stream. Based on an industrial scale design, a water/air separator is constructed and tested. The first experiment concerns the drainage of large fractions of separated liquid. During operation, drainage is observed via windows and a descriptive model is formulated. Because of the major influence on overall separation efficiency, liquid drainage is a key issue in the separator design. The second experiment comprises a droplet collection efficiency measurement using micron-sized droplets dispersed within the airstream. The separation efficiency of fine droplet removal is measured. This is an important factor in reducing capital costs.

Original languageEnglish
Article number031301
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Fluids Engineering : Transactions of the ASME
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2010


  • Liquid drainage
  • Rotational separation
  • Separation efficiency


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