I have been asked to size a horizontal 3-phase vessel with a boot based on a paper entitled "Successfully Specify Three-Phase Separators" by Bill Svrcek and Wayne Monnery. Anyway, the procedure appears straight forward; however, there is one part that I am struggling with. They say "For horizontal separators with a given diameter, the heights of the light and heavy liquids are assumed......". As far as I can see they do not recommend a basis for these assumptions and, I have no idea where to begin (I have no previous experience sizing a 3-phase separator). What must I consider when assuming light and heavy liquid levels? All suggestions and comments are appreciated.
Edited by KeJoSa2010, 02 August 2012 - 03:22 PM.