Device for uniformly distributing a two-phase fluid

  • US 4,824,614 A
  • Filed: 04/09/1987
  • Issued: 04/25/1989
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/09/1987
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. An apparatus for uniformly distributing a two-phase fluid comprised of a gas phase and a liquid phase into a pair of branch streams of two-phase fluid, said apparatus comprising:

  • a conduit means for the fluid, said conduit means comprising an upstream branch having a downstream end that opens into first and second downstream flow-splitting branches of said conduit means;

    a mixing means mounted within said upstream branch for dividing the two-phase fluid into a plurality of individual streams and then turbulently re-combining the individual streams;

    a stratifier means mounted within said conduit means between said mixing means and said first and second branches of said conduit means for dividing the fluid exhausted by said mixing means into two sets of a plurality of alternate parallel strata of the fluid,said stratifier means comprising a multi-duct structure comprising a plurality of spaced-apart super-posed parallel flat plates of substantially triangular configuration each of which plates has an upstream edge of a length to subtend said conduit means such that each stratum of fluid is bounded on a pair of opposite sides at said upstream edge by opposite side walls of said conduit means,said plates having downstream vertices disposed along a mid-line of said conduit means,each of the ducts of said multi-duct structure being bounded along one straight side of said duct by a straight side of said conduit means,each of said ducts on the side opposite to said on e side being bounded by a convergent wall means having a downstream end terminating at said mid-line along which said vertices of said plates are disposed such that said two sets of strata exhaust past said downstream end of said stratifier means on opposite sides thereof; and

    a divider wall means mounted within said conduit means between said downstream end of said stratifer means and said first and second downstream branches for defining an isolated pair of fluid flow passages for said two sets of strta from said downstream end of said stratifier means into said first and second branches.

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