Natural Gas Separators
Separators for Natural Gas (also called Knock Out Pot, or Mist Eliminator) are in place for the removal of the larger liquid particles (water and hydrocarbon) from the natural gas. Inside a Separator, the natural gas stream is forced through several physical mechanisms: mesh pad, vane pack, to agglomerate droplets and aerosols and remove them from the stream, precipitating the liquids in the bottom of the vessel.
The design of the Separator vessel can be either horizontal or vertical, depending mainly on available area on the site where it will be installed.
Inertial Separation Stage:
As the natural gas stream enters the Separator vessel, it is forced to move inside in such a way that Inertial and Centrifugal forces start the process of separating the larger liquid drops.
Vane or Mesh Pad Stage:
Later, the natural gas passes through a Mesh or Vane Pack, where the smaller droplets collide with each other, creating larger size drops that due to gravity precipitate to the bottom of the vessel.