282832 A New Method for Analyzing and Designing Filter Press Separations

Wednesday, October 31, 2012: 3:15 PM
403 (Convention Center )
Raymond M. Collins, Engineering and Process Sciences, Dow Chemical Co., Midland, MI

A New Method for Analyzing and Designing Filter Press Separations

Raymond Collins, Engineering and Process Sciences, The Dow Chemical Co., Midland, MI

A non-traditional model describing the separation of particulate solids from a liquid suspension by pressure-driven flow through a permeable barrier has been successfully applied to the design of several filter press applications.  This flow model was derived by applying fundamental physical principles to the unsteady, mixed-phase system represented by cake filtration with a filter cloth.  The analysis has proven suitable for operating modes employing both constant applied pressure and constant feed flow rate.  The design procedure uses small-scale experiments to determine a governing permeability function, which has a reproducible, characteristic dependence on the collected volume of filtrate with parametric dependence on the properties of the solids, liquid and filter cloth.  The experimental method and various lab-scale test filters will be described, and the utility of this method will be demonstrated for a few common, large-scale applications in chemical processing.   These include the removal of polymer fines from wastewater, the deliquoring of biomass from a concentrated sediment of fermentation broth, and the isolation and washing of micron-sized solids used to manufacture energy materials.


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