Chemical manufacturers routinely process oil, natural gas, air, water
and minerals into products consumed directly or as a component of an
additional product or process. Gasses are processed at various
pressures and temperatures (dew points) to purify and refine the desired product.
These processes often benefit from removal of entrained droplets and
particulate for the same reasons vortex style separators are used for
steam and compressed air systems. Sometimes the liquid and
particulate removed ARE the desired product.
The majority of our
customers consist of Earths largest chemical manufacturers and we have
worked directly with plants in at least 66 countries solving liquid and
particle entrainment applications. Our customers include:
It is commonplace for vortex separators to be designed to handle atypical temperatures,
pressures and aggressive chemistries which require using exotic alloys.
How Centrifugal Separators Work
Vortex separators rely on centrifugal force, reduction in velocity
and torturous paths to remove droplets and particulate greater than 10
microns with 99% efficiency from the gas stream. Multiple stage
designs are available to reduce the droplet size removed to as low as
0.30 microns.Infinite Turndown Ratio
Vortex separators have an infinite turndown ratio,
which means that a reduction in centrifugal force resulting from reduced
flow does not reduce their efficiency. The reason vortex
separators maintain their efficiency at low flows is due to the greater
reduction in velocity associated with lower flow rates.
internal baffle geometry is oriented at right angles to the inlet of the
vessel and thus droplets with sufficient mass cannot "navigate" through
the baffles without impinging on or within the baffle assembly.
All of the droplets and particles coalesce from the baffle and interior
walls to a common drain. Therefore the vortex separator vessel and
internal baffle are sized to handle the design liquid load as well as
ensure minimal pressure drop across the vessel.
are custom fabricated to your specific application requirements which
includes the rate of liquid removal required, material of
construction, number of nozzles and their orientation, plus design
pressure and temperature. We can comply with special NDT/NDE/Coatings
and special documentation requirements. All of our centrifugal vortex separators are
fabricated in accordance with ASME B and PV Code Section VIII Division 1
in compliance to current published addenda and may be U or UM stamped.