Slug Catchers are devices designed to handle massive amounts of liquid moving through pipelines.
They are designed with the intent of creating a retention time which slows the large unexpected movements of liquid in the pipelines.
Slug Catchers may be either a vessel or constructed of pipe.
Vessel slug catcher
Vessel type slug catchers are simple two phase separation vessels. While the separation efficiency of the vessel is not critical for a slug catcher, the vessel volume is.
The vessel needs to be large enough to accommodate large liquid slugs produced by a pipeline, especially during pipeline pigging.
Since an oil and gas pipeline normally sees very high pressure the large vessel also has to be designed to withstand high pressure.
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