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A gas phase introduced into a vessel above a liquid phase to prevent contamination of the liquid, reduce hazard of detonation, or to exert pressure on the liquid. Also known as cushion gas.

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The physical geometry exhibited by a multiphase flow in a conduit; for example, liquid occupying the bottom of the conduit with the gas phase flowing above, or a liquid phase with bubbles of gas.


Mechanical process vessel with wettable, high-surface area packing on which liquid droplets consolidate for gravity separation from a second phase (for example, gas or immiscible liquid).


The gas pressure at which a system is at its dew point, that is, the conditions of gas temperature and pressure at which the first dew or liquid phase occurs.


A vertical, cylindrical pressure vessel in which two fluids contact each other and one fluid absorbs certain constituents from the other. An example is the contactor in a gas sweetening system, which uses amine to absorb hydrogen sulphide and carbon dioxide from raw natural gas.


The gas volume flow rate, relative to the total liquid volume flow rate (oil and water), all volumes converted to volumes at standard pressure and temperature.


The cross-sectional area locally occupied by the gas phase of a multiphase flow, relative to the cross-sectional area of the conduit at the same local position.


A separator that utilizes subatmospheric pressure to remove certain gases and liquids from another liquid because of their difference in vapor pressure.


(1) The swirling motion of a liquid in a vessel at the entrance to a discharge nozzle. (2) The point in a cyclonic gas path where the two spirals change general direction by 180o.


A liquid, which has a saturated vapor pressure exceeding 2.8 bar absolute at 37.8°C and certain other substances specified in the Gas Codes.


The force exerted by a liquid or gas on a unit area. Three pressures may be involved: gauge pressure, the unit pressure above atmospheric pressure; absolute pressure, gauge pressure plus the atmospheric pressure; vacuum pressure; the pressure below atmospheric pressure usually expressed in inches of Hg.

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