Structural Integrity Analysis of Gas-Liquid Cylindrical Cyclone (GLCC?) Separator Inlet

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Srinivas Swaroop Kolla

Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Tulsa, Tulsa OK 74104

Ram S. Mohan

Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Tulsa, Tulsa OK 74104

Ovadia Shoham

McDougall School of Petroleum Engineering, The University of Tulsa, Tulsa OK 74104

1Corresponding author.

ASME doi:10.1115/1.4038622 History: Received May 24, 2017; Revised November 23, 2017


The gas-liquid cylindrical cyclone (GLCC©) is a simple, compact and low-cost separator, which provides an economically attractive alternative to conventional gravity based separators over a wide range of applications. Over the past 22 years more than 6,500 GLCC©s have been installed around the world by the Petroleum and related industries. However, to-date no systematic study has been carried out on its structural integrity. The GLCC© inlet section design is a key parameter, which is crucial for its performance and proper operation. This paper presents Finite Element Analysis (FEA) simulation results aimed at investigating the effect of various parameters on the inlet section structural integrity. Finally, recommendations on design modifications are presented, directed at strengthening the inlet section.

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