Gas liquid separators are considered to be the most efficient solution for separating moisture from a stream of gas or vapor. The clean and dry steam that results from the use of such separators has the ability to improve process efficiencies and decrease the overall maintenance and repair costs.
Manufacturers generally offer such separators in a horizontal configuration and they are installed in-line. Once seamlessly installed, these machines and components can be expected to improve the performance of gas pipelines as well as steam distribution lines. If you are on the lookout for such a separator, it is advisable to choose one that is compact yet high on features. It should be able to effectively eliminate around 99% of steam and moisture or contaminants that are entrained in the steam.
Here are some important aspects to look for in gas liquid separators:
Look for equipment that is available in standard specifications, but can be easily configured to custom specifications if and when the need arises.
Typically, manufacturers offer two classes of units: one that offers a 150 psig at temperatures of 500 degree Fahrenheit and another that offers 500 psig at 650 degree Fahrenheit. While these are the standard dimensions, it is also possible to customize the separators to suit your requirements.
Another important aspect to ensure would be that the units are stamped with the ASME code. The ASME Section VIII Division I is applicable to this particular class of separators.
It is imperative that the internal elements of the separators are manufactured using high quality stainless steel so as to prevent problems arising from corrosion and wear. Components that are manufactured using high-grade materials will exceed most other types of components.
If you have a customized requirements for flows and pressure levels in your steam-driven or steam-operated process, your chosen manufacturer should be able to cater to these requirements.
The other critical components of the units such as nozzles, valves, flanges, and couplings need to withstand heavy usage. Here, it is advisable to check with the manufacturer if they are being manufactured using high-quality carbon steel.
And, if you need the gas liquid separators to be manufactured in any other alloys or materials, an experienced manufacturer will be able to honor your request.
No matter what your requirement, it is highly recommended that you partner with a reputable manufacturer to procure the desired separator units. They should conform to the prevailing national and international codes if the units are likely to be used at an international facility. Gas liquid separators broadly find use in large and small nuclear reactors, industrial boilers, gas turbines in geothermal plants and other turbine systems, as well as steam locomotive engines.