General Separator

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Related Links: Solid-Liquid Separator

Introduction

This model can be used as a general separator, especially for separating solids and liquids using the Solid-Liquid Separator sub-model. In addition, a number of sub-models are available which makes this model very flexible so that it can be used to model many types of separation units.

Diagram

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The diagram shows the default drawing of the General Separator, with all of the streams that have to be connected for the unit to operate.

The physical location of the streams connecting to the General Separator is unimportant. The user may connect the streams to any position on the unit.

Inputs and Outputs

Label Required
Optional
Input
Output
Number of Connections Description
Min Max.
Feed 1 Required In 1 20 The feed to the separator
Underflow 1 Required Out 1 1 The separator underflow.
Overflow Optional Out 0 1 The separator overflow. If this is NOT connected, all material flows out through the Underflow.
Vent Optional Out 0 1 Vent Stream (Vapour only)

Behaviour when Model is OFF

If the user disables the unit, by un-ticking the On tick box, then the following actions occur:

  • The field MassFracToUF becomes visible and the user may set the fraction of the feed stream that reports to the 'Underflow' outlet. The default is 100%.
  • All streams connected to the unit will flow out of the 'Underflow' outlet, unless the user has changed the above field from 100%. In which case the user defined fraction of the Feed will report to the Overflow stream;
  • No sub-models will occur.

So basically, the unit will be 'bypassed' without the user having to change any connections.

Flowchart

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Data Sections

Summary of Data Sections

  1. GeneralSeparator tab - Contains general information relating to the unit.
  2. Separ - Contains configuration and results of separating material to the underflow and overflow outlets.
  3. PC - Optional tab that is visible if EB.Solubility.On and/or EB.PhaseChange@T.On is enabled in the Evaluation Block.
  4. RB - Optional tab, only visible if the Reactions are enabled in the Evaluation Block.
  5. EHX - Optional tab, only visible if the EnvironHX is enabled in the Evaluation Block.
  6. Evap - Optional tab that is visible if Evaporator is enabled in the Evaluation Block.
  7. VLE - Optional tab, only visible if the VLEquilibrium is enabled in the Evaluation Block.
  8. MU - Optional tab, or multiple tabs if more than 1 Makeup is selected. Only visible if one of more Makeups are enabled in the Evaluation Block.
  9. DB - Optional tab, or multiple tabs if more than 1 Discard Block is selected. Only visible if one of more Discard Blocks are enabled in the Evaluation Block. Only available in Build 138 or later.
  10. QFeed - Optional tab, only visible if ShowQFeed is enabled. This page shows the properties of the mixed stream as the feed to the separator.
    • This is before any Evaluation Block models are evaluated.
  11. Info tab - Contains general settings for the unit and allows the user to include documentation about the unit and create Hyperlinks to external documents.
  12. Links tab, contains a summary table for all the input and output streams.
  13. Audit tab - Contains summary information required for Mass and Energy balance. See Model Examples for enthalpy calculation Examples.
  14. Additional fields are shown in Dynamic mode. These are described in the Tank - Dynamic Mode.

General Separator Page

Unit Type: GeneralSeparator - The first tab page in the access window will have this name.

Tag (Long/Short) Input/ Calc Description

Common Data on First Tab Page

Requirements

On Tick Box This allows the user to enable or disable the unit. If the unit is disabled, no sub-models or separation will occur.
MassFracToUF_WhenOff / MassFracToUF Input This field is only visible if the On tickbox is NOT ticked. This field allows the user to specify the fraction of the incoming streams that will flow to the underflow when the unit is disabled.

OperatingP

Method AutoDetect If there are any liquids AND no vapours present in the feed, outlet streams will take the highest pressure of the feeds. Else (eg. some vapours present) outlet streams will take the lowest pressure of the feeds.
LowestFeed Outlet streams will take the lowest pressure of the feeds.
HighestFeed Outlet streams will take the highest pressure of the feeds.
Atmospheric Outlet streams will be at Atmospheric Pressure. The atmospheric pressure is calculated by SysCAD based on the user defined elevation (default elevation is at sea level = 101.325 kPa). The elevation can be changed on the Species tab page of the Plant Model.
RequiredP Outlet streams will be at the user specified pressure.
IgnoreLowQm Tick Box This option is only visible if the AutoDetect, LowestFeed or HighestFeed methods are chosen. When calculating the outlet pressure and temperature of the tank, SysCAD will ignore the low flow feed streams should this option be selected. The low flow limit is set in the field below.
LowQmFrac Input This field is only visible if the IgnoreLowQm option is selected. This is the amount any stream contributes to the total flow. For example, if the total feed to the tank is 10 kg/s, and this field is set to 1%. Then any feed streams with less than 0.1 kg/s will be ignored in the pressure calculations.
PressureReqd / P_Reqd Input This field is only visible if the RequiredP method is chosen. This is user specified pressure.
Result Display The actual pressure used for the sum of the feeds which will also be the outlet pressure (unless further model options change the pressure).

EB (Evaluation Block)

Solubility.On Tickbox Only visible if Solubility has been defined for at least one species in the project. Allows the user to switch on any predefined solubility curve to adjust the composition of material in the unit.
PhaseChange@T.On Tickbox Only visible if Phase Change at Temperature has been defined for at least one species in the project. Allows the user to switch on any predefined phase changes at temperature in the unit.
EvalSequence Calc The sequence in which the sub models (which are part of the evaluation blocks) will be calculated. The sequence is determined by the priority selection for the individual sub-models.
Note: If the user chooses On-AutoSequence then SysCAD will determine the sequence of the sub-models. The sequence followed will be MU1, MU2, etc., RB, EHX, Evap, VLE, DB1, DB2, etc.
Makeups Input The number of makeup blocks required. Extra dropdown options Makeup1, Makeup2, etc will be added to allow these to be switched on.
Makeup1 List This can be used to switch on the Makeup Block (MU). If this is 'On' then the associated page, MU1 becomes visible and may be configured.
Note: This field is only visible if the entry for 'Makeups' is greater then 0.
Reactions List This can be used to switch on the Reaction Block (RB). If this is 'On' then the associated page, RB becomes visible and may be configured.
Note: The user does not have to configure a reaction file, even if this block is checked.
EnvironHX List This can be used to switch on the Environmental Heat Exchanger (EHX). If this is 'On' then the associated page, EHX may become visible and may be configured.
Note: The user does not have to configure an environmental heat exchange, even if this block is checked.
Evaporation List This can be used to switch on the Evaporation Block (Evap). If this is 'On' then the associated page, Evap may become visible and may be configured.
Note: The user does not have to configure an evaporator, even if this block is checked.
VLEquilibrium List This can be used to switch on Vapour Liquid Equilibrium (VLE). If this is 'On' then the associated page, VLE becomes visible and may be configured.
Note: This option may automatically adjust the species make-up.
Discards Input Only available in Build 138 or later. The number of discard blocks required. Extra dropdown options Discard1, Discard2, etc will be added to allow these to be switched on.
DiscardX List Only available in Build 138 or later. This can be used to switch the Discard Block (DB) on or off and prioritise it in relation to the other sub-models. If this is 'On' then the associated page, DBX becomes visible and may be configured.
Note: This field is only visible if the entry for 'Discards' is greater than 0. If there is one discard then X=1. If there are two discards, then X=1 and X=2, etc.

Residence Time

ResTime ...
Calc TickBox Allows user to enter a volume for the general separator, then a residence time is estimated based on the flowrate of the feed.
The following fields will only be visible if the Calc tick box is selected.
Volume Input The operating volume of the unit. This will be used to calculate the apparent residence time in the unit.
MassFlow / Qm Calc The mass flow of the material.
Temperature / T Calc The temperature of the material.
Slurry Calc The residence time of the slurry in the unit.
Total Calc The residence time for the slurry and the vapours in the unit.
 
Options
ShowQFeed Tick Box QFeed and associated tab pages (eg Qm) will become visible, showing the properties of the combined feed stream. See Material Flow Section. This will be prior to any sub-model (eg reactions) actions.

Separ Tab Page

The page allows the user to specify the split between the Underflow and Overflow streams.

Symbol / Tag
Input / Calc
Description
Requirements
Split Method Mass Fraction The users may specify the mass fraction split between the Underflow and Overflow streams.
Mass Flow The user may specify the mass flow to either the Underflow or Overflow stream - either as total flow or on a phase basis.
Volume Fraction The users may specify the volumetric fraction split between the Underflow and Overflow streams.
Volume Flow The user may specify the Volume flow to either the Underflow or Overflow stream - either as total flow or on a phase basis.
Solid Separation The user may specify the solid split between the Underflow and Overflow streams.
Each of the above Split Methods will be described separately below:

Mass Fraction

With this method the user can specify the mass fraction to either the Underflow or the Overflow on a total or by phase basis.

SplitTo Underflow The user specifies the mass fraction split to the Underflow stream.
Overflow The user specifies the mass fraction split to the Overflow stream.
SplitBy Total The user specifies the total mass fraction split to the defined stream.
Phase The user specifies the solid and liquid mass fraction splits to the defined stream.
FracToUF or FracToOF Input This is visible if SplitBy = Total. The user sets the total mass fraction split to the defined stream.
SolidsToUF or SolidsToOF Input This is visible if SplitBy = Phase. The user sets the solid mass fraction split to the defined stream.
LiquidsToUF or LiquidsToOF Input This is visible if SplitBy = Phase. The user sets the liquid mass fraction split to the defined stream.

Mass Flow

With this method the user can specify the mass flow to either the Underflow or the Overflow on a total or by phase basis.

SplitTo Underflow The user specifies the mass flow to the Underflow stream.
Overflow The user specifies the mass flow to the Overflow stream.
SplitBy Total The user specifies the total mass flow to the defined stream.
Phase The user specifies the solid mass flow and the liquid mass flow to the defined stream.
UF or OF.MassFlowReqd /
UF or OF.QmReqd
Input This is visible if SplitBy = Total. The user sets the total mass flow to the defined stream.
UF or OF.SolidMassFlowReqd /
UF or OF.SolidQmReqd
Input This is visible if SplitBy = Phase. The user sets the solid mass flow to the defined stream.
UF or OF.LiquidMassFlowReqd /
UF or OF.LiquidQmReqd
Input This is visible if SplitBy = Phase. The user sets the liquid mass flow to the defined stream.

Volume Fraction

With this method the user can specify the volume fraction to either the Underflow or the Overflow on a total or by phase basis.

SplitTo Underflow The user specifies the volume fraction split to the Underflow stream.
Overflow The user specifies the volume fraction split to the Overflow stream.
SplitBy Total The user specifies the total volume fraction split to the defined stream.
Phase The user specifies the solid and liquid volume fraction splits to the defined stream.
FracToUF or FracToOF Input This is visible if SplitBy = Total. The user sets the total volume fraction split to the defined stream.
SolidsToUF or SolidsToOF Input This is visible if SplitBy = Phase. The user sets the solid volume fraction split to the defined stream.
LiquidsToUF or LiquidsToOF Input This is visible if SplitBy = Phase. The user sets the liquid volume fraction split to the defined stream.

Volume Flow

With this method the user can specify the volume flow to either the Underflow or the Overflow on a total or by phase basis.

SplitTo Underflow The user specifies the volume flow to the Underflow stream.
Overflow The user specifies the volume flow to the Overflow stream.
SplitBy Total The user specifies the total volume flow to the defined stream.
Phase The user specifies the solid Volume flow and the liquid volume flow to the defined stream.
UF or OF.VolFlowReqd /
UF or OF .QvReqd
Input This is visible if SplitBy = Total. The user sets the total volume flow to the defined stream.
UF or OF.SolVolFlowReqd /
UF or OF.SolidQvReqd
Input This is visible if SplitBy = Phase. The user sets the solid volume flow to the defined stream.
UF or OF.LiqVolFlowReqd /
UF or OF.LiquidQvReqd
Input This is visible if SplitBy = Phase. The user sets the liquid volume flow to the defined stream.

Solid Separation

With this method the user can choose between setting the solids composition of the Overflow stream or defining the Underflow flowrate and then specifying the solids composition of the Underflow.

SolidsSeparMethod OF Solids Fraction The user specifies the solids mass fraction in the Overflow stream.
OF Solids Conc The user specifies the solids concentration in the Overflow stream.
OF Solids Conc25 The user specifies the solids concentration at 25°C in the Overflow stream.
Recovery to UF The user specifies the solids recovery to the Underflow stream, i.e. how much of the solids in the unit reports to the Underflow stream.
UF MassFlow The user specifies the total mass flow of the Underflow stream.
UF VolumeFlow The user specifies the total volume flow of the Underflow stream.
Solids Density Each solid species is split between the Overflow and Underflow streams based on the user specified SolidsCutDensity. This option is new to Build 136.
Solids PSD The user then specifies one of the SolidMethods for defining a partition curve which then separates the solids based on PSD data in the feed. This option is new to Build 135.
OFSolidFracReqd Input This is visible if SolidsSeparMethod = OF Solids Fraction. The user sets the solids mass fraction in the Overflow stream.
OFSolidConcReqd Input This is visible if SolidsSeparMethod = OF Solids Conc. The user sets the solids concentration in the Overflow stream.
OFSolidConc25Reqd Input This is visible if SolidsSeparMethod = OF Solids Conc25. The user sets the solids concentration at 25°C in the Overflow stream.
SolidsToUFReqd Input This is visible if SolidsSeparMethod = Recovery to UF. The user sets the mass fraction of solids in the unit that must report to the Underflow stream.
UFQmReqd Input This is visible if SolidsSeparMethod = UF MassFlow. The user sets the total mass flow of the Underflow stream.
UFQvReqd Input This is visible if SolidsSeparMethod = UF VolumeFlow. The user sets the total volume flow of the Underflow stream.
CutDensityMethod This is visible if SolidsSeparMethod = Solids Density.
Simple If the density of a solid species is greater than the SolidsCutDensity then it is all sent to the Underflow stream, otherwise it is all sent to the Overflow stream.
Erf An error function is used to determine the split of each solid species between the Overflow and Underflow streams based on the species density, SolidsCutDensity and Sharpness.
SolidsCutDensity Input This is visible if SolidsSeparMethod = Solids Density. The user sets the solids cut density which is used to determine how much of each solid species to send to the Overflow and Underflow streams.
Sharpness Input This is visible if SolidsSeparMethod = Solids Density and CutDensityMethod = Erf.
SolidMethod, etc Input This and related inputs and results are visible if SolidsSeparMethod = Solids PSD. See partition curve methods described in Screen2.
UFSolidsMethod UF Solids Fraction The user specifies the solids mass fraction in the Underflow stream.
UF Solids Conc The user specifies the Solids concentration in the Underflow stream.
UF Solids Conc25 The user specifies the Solids concentration in the Underflow stream at 25°C.
UF Density The user specifies the density of the Underflow stream.
UFSolidFracReqd Input This is visible if UFSolidsMethod = UF Solids Fraction. The user sets the solids mass fraction in the Underflow stream.
UFSolidConcReqd Input This is visible if UFSolidsMethod = UF Solids Conc. The user sets the solids concentration in the Underflow stream.
UFSolidConc25Reqd Input This is visible if UFSolidsMethod = UF Solids Conc25. The user sets the solids concentration at 25°C in the Underflow stream.
UFRhoReqd Input This is visible if UFSolidsMethod = UF Density. The user sets the density of the Underflow stream.
 
VapourToUF Input The user may set the fraction of vapour entrainment to the Underflow stream. This will only be relevant IF the user has set the vapour entrainment values on the first tab to a value greater than zero.

Selected Solid Species Calculation Method

With this method the user may specify fractions of any number of solid species to bypass to either the Underflow or Overflow streams, or the user may specify the bypass to both Over and Under flow streams. Please see the examples in Model Theory.

Method None There is no overriding of solid species to the Underflow or Overflow streams.
Bypass to Underflow The user may specify the fractions of one or more Solid species that bypass to the Underflow stream.
Bypass to Overflow The user may specify the fractions of one or more Solid species that bypass to the Overflow stream.
Bypass to Both The user may specify the fractions of one or more Solid species that bypass the Solid-Liquid calculation block and is then split between the Over and Under flow streams. This method is only available in Build 135 and later.
ByPassSeparCalcs Tick Box If this is enabled then the unit will NOT include the bypassed species fraction in the solid/liquid separation calculations. If it is not ticked, then the unit will include the fraction of bypassed species in the solid/liquid separation calculations. Please see the examples in Model Theory for clarification.
Count Input The number of solid species for which the user wishes to configure bypasses. This may be up to 10 species.
Solids Species Overall Bypass to Underflow, Overflow or Both
Speciesx Species List The user may select a species from a drop down list of all of the Solid species in the project.
BypassFracx Input The user sets that fraction of species x that must bypass to the Underflow or Overflow streams OR that must bypass Both.
Example 1: The user chooses Bypass to Overflow, with Count = 1, Species1 = B(s) and BypassFrac1 = 10%, then 10% of B(s) will bypass the solids separation step and will report to the Overflow stream. 90% of B(s) will be involved in the solid-liquid calculation.
Example 2: The user chooses Bypass to Both, with Count = 1, Species1 = B(s), BypassFrac1 = 100% and FracToOF1 = 10%. ALL of B(s) will bypass the solids separation step, 10% of B(s) and will report to the Overflow stream and the remaining 90% will report to the Underflow stream.
FracToOFx Input This field is only visible if the user selects Bypass to Both. The user sets that fraction of species x that must bypass to the Overflow streams.
For example: The user chooses Bypass to Both, with Count = 1, Species1 = C(s), FracToOf1 = 100% and FracToOF1 = 50%. ALL of the C(s) will bypass the solids separation step, 50% of C(s) and will report to the Overflow stream and 50% will report to the Underflow stream.

Results

Temperature / T Display The temperature of mixture in the solid liquid separator.
MassFlow / Qm Display The total mass flow to the Underflow and Overflow streams.
VapourMassFlow / VQm Display The total flow of vapour to the Underflow and Overflow streams. (This does NOT include the vapour to the Vent)
UF.BypassMassFlow / UF.BypassQm Display The mass flow of the material that bypasses the underflow.
OF.BypassMassFlow / OF.BypassQm Display The mass flow of the material that bypasses the overflow.
BypassMassFlow / BypassQm Display The mass flow of the solids in the unit that bypasses the separation section.
UF.SolidsTakeoffQm Display Only visible for Classifying Precipitator. The solids mass flow takeoff from the underflow for recycle.
UF.SolidsTakeoffFrac Display Only visible for Classifying Precipitator. The mass fraction of solids in the underflow that reports to takeoff for recycle.
UF.FinalSf Display Only visible for Classifying Precipitator. The final underflow solids mass fraction after removal of solids takeoff.

Slurry Separation Results (Excluding Bypass)

UFSolidsRecovery Display The fraction of feed solids sent to the underflow.
UFLiquidRecovery Display The fraction of feed liquid sent to the underflow.
The following table displays the flows and compositions of the Underflow and Overflow streams. Note: These are for slurry only, vapours are excluded.
MassFlow / Qm Display The total mass flow in each of the Underflow and Overflow streams.
VolFlow / Qv Display The total volume flow in each of the Underflow and Overflow streams.
SolidMassFlow / SQm Display The solids mass flow in each of the Underflow and Overflow streams.
LiquidMassFlow / LQm Display The liquid mass flow in each of the Underflow and Overflow streams.
SolidFrac / Sf Display The solid fraction in each of the Underflow and Overflow streams.
Density / Rho Display The total density of each of the Underflow and Overflow streams.
SolidConc Display The solid concentration (mass of solids/density of slurry) in each of the Underflow and Overflow streams.
SolidConc25 Display The solid concentration at 25°C (mass of solids/density of slurry at 25°C) in each of the Underflow and Overflow streams.

Adding this Model to a Project

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DLL:

Separation.dll

Units/Links

Separation:General Separator

or

Group:

Mass Separation

Units/Links

Separation:General Separator

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