The Effect of Droplet Diameter on the Separation of Heavy-Oil from Water Using a Hydrocyclone
The hydrocyclone is an alternative for produced water treatment in the petroleum industries, especially at offshore fields. Many parameters, such as oil droplet diameter affect the separation performance of the hydrocyclone. In this sense, the purpose of this work is study the effect of oil droplet diameter and inlet fluid on the separation efficiency of a hydrocyclone to remove dispersed heavy-oil from a water continuous stream. Results of the streamline, pressure drop, volume fraction and efficiency of separation as a function of oil droplet diameter and feed velocity are presented and analyzed.
David J. Fisher
F.P.M. Farias et al., "The Effect of Droplet Diameter on the Separation of Heavy-Oil from Water Using a Hydrocyclone", Defect and Diffusion Forum, Vols. 303-304, pp. 131-137, 2010