Multiple Wire-Mesh Sensors Applied to the Characterization of Two-Phase Flow inside a Cyclonic Flow Distribution System†
AbstractWire-mesh sensors are used to determine the phase fraction of gas–liquid two-phase flow in many industrial applications. In this paper, we report the use of the sensor to study the flow behavior inside an offshore oil and gas industry device for subsea phase separation. The study focused on the behavior of gas–liquid slug flow inside a flow distribution device with four outlets, which is part of the subsea phase separator system. The void fraction profile and the flow symmetry across the outlets were investigated using tomographic wire-mesh sensors and a camera. Results showed an ascendant liquid film in the cyclonic chamber with the gas phase at the center of the pipe generating a symmetrical flow. Dispersed bubbles coalesced into a gas vortex due to the centrifugal force inside the cyclonic chamber. The behavior favored the separation of smaller bubbles from the liquid bulk, which was an important parameter for gas-liquid separator sizing. The void fraction analysis of the outlets showed an even flow distribution with less than 10% difference, which was a satisfactorily result that may contribute to a reduction on the subsea gas–liquid separators size. From the outcomes of this study, detailed information regarding this type of flow distribution system was extracted. Thereby, wire-mesh sensors were successfully applied to investigate a new type of equipment for the offshore oil and gas industry. View Full-Text
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Ofuchi, C.Y.; Eidt, H.K.; Rodrigues, C.C.; Dos Santos, E.N.; Dos Santos, P.H.D.; Da Silva, M.J.; Neves, F., Jr.; Domingos, P.V.S.R.; Morales, R.E.M. Multiple Wire-Mesh Sensors Applied to the Characterization of Two-Phase Flow inside a Cyclonic Flow Distribution System. Sensors 2019, 19, 193.
Ofuchi CY, Eidt HK, Rodrigues CC, Dos Santos EN, Dos Santos PHD, Da Silva MJ, Neves F, Jr, Domingos PVSR, Morales REM. Multiple Wire-Mesh Sensors Applied to the Characterization of Two-Phase Flow inside a Cyclonic Flow Distribution System. Sensors. 2019; 19(1):193.Chicago/Turabian Style
Ofuchi, César Y.; Eidt, Henrique K.; Rodrigues, Carolina C.; Dos Santos, Eduardo N.; Dos Santos, Paulo H.D.; Da Silva, Marco J.; Neves, Flávio, Jr.; Domingos, Paulo V.S.R.; Morales, Rigoberto E.M. 2019. "Multiple Wire-Mesh Sensors Applied to the Characterization of Two-Phase Flow inside a Cyclonic Flow Distribution System." Sensors 19, no. 1: 193.
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