Conventional separators in the oil industry use a feed of oil and gas in two-phase multi-component equilibrium. Recently a new concept of separators has been introduced which can be fed with a single-phase gaseous mixture. The separator combines a quasi-isentropic expansion of the gas during which liquid droplets are formed by the nucleation process and a gas-liquid cyclonic separator. The performance predictions of such a separator depend critically on an adequate description of nucleation phenomena. For a large number of practical cases the Classical Nucleation Theory is very inaccurate. The recently proposed Mean-field Kinetic Nucleation Theory yields quantitatively accurate predictions of nucleation behavior of various microscopically diverse substances. An important advantage of non-equilibrium separation is the minimal use of chemicals and absence of regeneration systems, as opposed to conventional separation methods such as glycol contactors or silica gel towers.
|Titel||Proceedings of the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, 11-14 November 2007, Anaheim, California|
|Status||Gepubliceerd - 2007|
|Evenement||SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition - Trondheim, Noorwegen|
Duur: 11 nov 2007 → 14 nov 2007
|Congres||SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition|
|Periode||11/11/07 → 14/11/07|