Separation Equipment - Selection and Sizing - PF-42

Discipline: Process Facilities
Level: Intermediate
Instructors who teach this course:


  • About the course
  • Designed For
  • You will learn
  • Course Content
This course covers the different types of separation equipment typically encountered in oil and gas production facilities. Fractionation equipment and produced water treating equipment are not covered in this course. You will learn where the different types of separation equipment are used based on operating conditions and separation performance requirements. Frequent references will be made to real production facility process flow diagrams (PFDs). Typical operational problems and their solutions will also be discussed. Exercises requiring calculations are utilized throughout the course as well. Please be aware that due to overlap in content, it is not necessary to take the PF-42 course if you have already taken the PF-4 Oil Production and Processing Facilities course.


"Instructor is excellent - an expert. Material provided is excellent." - Sr. Facilities Engineer, United States





Process/Facilities engineers who need skills for design and troubleshooting of separators.
  • Different types of separation equipment utilized in the oil and gas industry and where they are used
  • Separation performance capabilities of the different types of equipment
  • How to size the different types of separation equipment
  • How to troubleshoot and debottleneck separation equipment
  • How to calculate the wall thickness and estimate the weight of separators
  • Instrumentation and controls used on separation equipment
  • Fluid properties and phase behavior
  • Phase separation processes
  • Gas-liquid separation equipment: slug catchers, conventional separators (horizontal and vertical), scrubbers, compact separators, filter separators/coalescing filters
  • Separator internals: inlet devices, mist extractors, baffles, weirs, etc.
  • Emulsions
  • Oil-water separation equipment: conventional 3-phase separators and freewater knockouts, wash tanks
  • Oil treating and desalting equipment: mainly electrostatic coalescers
  • Liquid-liquid coalescing filters
  • Mechanical design aspects: pressure vessel codes, wall thickness and vessel weight estimation, material selection, relief requirements
  • Operational problems