THE EFFECT OF OIL CONCENTRATION ON THE SEPARATION EFFICIENCY OF WATER/OIL MIXTURES IN A HYDROCYCLONE

F. D. T. Luna, M. V. Araújo, S. R. Farias Neto, A. G. B. Lima, E. S. Barbosa

Abstract


This study aims to evaluate a new proposed device for separating oil / water mixtures, which has an operating principle similar to a traditional hydrocyclone. Modifications in the geometry and in the operation principle of the equipment have been suggested to improve the separation efficiency of the fluids, because these parameters have a decisive effect on the flow behavior inside the equipment and on fluid separation. The ANSYS CFX software was used as a simulation tool. The changes in oil concentration feed influenced the efficiency.

Keywords


multiphase flow; cyclonic Separator; CFD; oily water

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5419/bjpg2014-0010