Flow pattern in a dual inlet separator on a FPSO. Yellow-to-red contours
show predicted water/oil dispersion-band behavior in sloshing.
The performance of gravity separators can be improved with CFD modeling:
- Develop vessel inlet configurations to improve uniformity of gas and liquid flows and avoid mixing of oil & water due to wave-induced sloshing.
- Determine the influence of internal equipment on hydraulic efficiency and separation performance
- Gauge the effects of changes in operating conditions
- Accurately model small-scale phenomena (multi-phase flows, drops, particles, bubbles)