Dynamic Efficiency Analysis of an Off-Shore Hydrocyclone System, Subjected to a Conventional PID- and Robust-Control-Solution

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Abstract

There has been a continued increase in the load on the current offshore oil and gas de-oiling systems that generally consist of three-phase gravity separators and de-oiling hydrocyclones. Current feedback control of the de-oiling systems is not done based on de-oiling efficiency, mainly due to lack of real-time monitoring of oil-in-water concentration, and instead relies on an indirect method using pressure drop ratio control. This study utilizes a direct method where a real-time fluorescence-based instrument was used to measure the transient efficiency of a hydrocyclone combined with an upstream gravity separator. Two control strategies, a conventional PID control structure and an H ∞ robust control structure, both using conventional feedback signals were implemented, and their efficiency was tested during severely fluctuating flow rates. The results show that the direct method can measure the system’s efficiency in real time. It was found that the efficiency of the system can be misleading, as fluctuations in the feed flow affect the inlet concentration more than the outlet oil concentration, which can lead to a discharge of large oil quantities into the ocean.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberen11092379
JournalEnergies
Volume11
Issue number9
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
ISSN1996-1073
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2018

Keywords

  • water treatment
  • de-oiling
  • offshore oil and gas
  • oil-in-water monitoring
  • feedback control
  • robust control
  • hydrocyclones

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