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Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations in combination with droplet population balances lead to a practical standard for calculating the flow pattern – and thus the residence time distribution – in horizontal separators of any size based on available process data. The implementation of the droplet behaviour also enables the calculation of a droplet-specific separator efficiency. The method development was carried out at identical plants at three different locations. The CFD simulations were successfully validated with experimental data from the participating industrial partners.