30L Style Vertical Gas Liquid Separators

Gas liquid separators for vertical upflow applications

32L vertical gas/liquid separatorThe Wright-Austin 30L series of in-line vertical gas/liquid separators remove 99% of droplets and particles equal to or greater than 10 microns in a very compact design.  As the moisture laden gas enters the separator, it encounters a curved, stationary blading structure welded to the inside of the vessel which causes a powerful vortex, propelling the droplets to the outer wall.  The liquid coalesces and exits the separator's drain.

As with all Wright-Austin gas/liquid separators, there are no moving parts, they are self-cleaning and require no maintenance.  Wright Austin gas liquid separators employ a patented Vortex Containment Plate (VCP) and combined with centrifugal action assures maximum separation of entrainment with minimal chances of reentrainment.  Wright Austin accomplished this without complex baffles, deflectors and other structures that obstruct the flow-stream, resulting in very low pressure drops compared to vane and other designs.

What is the minimum velocity required through our separators?
There is no minimum velocity requirement for our separators. Wright-Austin has run many tests over the years that support this contention.  There are several characteristics causing separation. When the units are used at or near their maximum capacities, the primary cause for separation is centrifugal force, causing the liquid droplets to move to the outer walls. When the flow is reduced the following characteristics dominate the separation process: Expansion/gravity, Agglomeration and Directional change.

The air, gas or steam expands in the vessel after leaving the inlet nozzle. This slows down the velocity at which the media and liquid molecules are moving. The liquid droplets tend to bump into each other and form larger droplets. The larger droplets are more likely to fall out due to gravity especially since the speed at which they are moving has also been reduced.

Agglomeration on surface
Droplets that form on the interior surfaces attract (agglomerate) more droplets. Big droplets fall to the bottom and drain out.

Change in Direction: The air, gas or steam flow changes directions (although slowly) inside the vessel in order to exit through the outlet nozzle. A change in flow direction shears off some liquid droplets that cannot make the turn.

All Wright-Austin Model 30L series air liquid separators are available with ASME code stamp in accordance with ASME Section VIII, Division I and CRN.

Wright-Austin Type 32L Vertical Gas-Liquid Separator Drawing (click to open full size PDF link)

Wright-Austin Type 32L Outline Drawing Wright-Austin Type 35L Outline Drawing Wright-Austin Type 37L Outline Drawing

If your flow path is horizontal, review the 30L Style Horizontal Gas/Liquid Separator page.