This paper describes Kinetic Energy Separation (KES) and how the concept has been applied and improved as well as a description of some beneficial features of the kinetic separator. The theory of operation is described in detail, justification for its use, and practical applications arise is explained. The effect of temperature, flow, pressure, and expansion in the typical KES application are also covered. The practical aspect of the KES design is further detailed. The standard designs are covered as well as the backflush and cooler applications. The different filter configuration such as varied porosity in series and parallel applications with single porosity is explained. The advantage and design of KES with a cooler is covered.
The kinetics of the control volume are often overlooked in discussions of the relatively limited array of devices that aid in the separation of contaminants from analyzer samples and the principles that govern them. Kinetic separation provides the most versatility with regard to applications, ranges of pressure, rates of flow, and fluid densities that can be accommodated. While the laws of classic Newtonian physics govern the operation, KES can incorporate filter, boundary shear stress, coalescing, and temperature technology while maintaining an acceptable lag time. The Kinetic separator is easily installed as part of the fast loop, by pass, or single line as both a separator and a filter in both common and special applications.
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