Throughout the process industry, separating gases and liquids leads to situations in which liquid droplets remain in the gas stream. These droplets not only compromise the quality of gas stream but can damage equipment downstream, so must be removed. Many methods exist, and we use our fluid dynamics experience to help manufacturers perfect and assure their devices – as we did here, with a vertical scrubber that was not meeting its performance objectives.
In this case we identified the relative position of the operating liquid level and the droplet capture device to be the cause of the poor performance, and once rectified the device operated as intended. This lifted a plant operating restriction, greatly increasing throughput.