Journal article

Filter Press Performance for Fast-Filtering Compressible Suspensions

AD Stickland, EH Irvin, SJ Skinner, PJ Scales, A Hawkey, F Kaswalder

Chemical Engineering & Technology | Wiley-VCH Verlag | Published : 2016


© 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim. In some batch filtration processes, highly permeable suspensions dewater fast compared to the rest of the process. Here, the impact of fast-filtering compressible materials on the throughput of fixed-chamber filter presses is explored. The dewatering properties for a compressible yet highly permeable minerals processing slurry are used as inputs to a filter press model to explore the effects of operating and design parameters. For fast-filtering materials, maximum throughput is achieved with wide cavities and minimal handling time, while membrane resistance can be significant. Pressure affects the maximum achievable concentration, as given b..

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Funding Acknowledgements

An earlier version of this paper [32] was presented by the lead author at FILTECH2015 in Cologne, Germany, February 24-26, 2015. Amar Sharma is thanked for performing the laboratory filtration and settling experiments. Bilfinger Water Technologies are thanked for the sample and student supervision; there was no commercial arrangement between Bilfinger Water Technologies and The University of Melbourne for this work. S. S. is supported by an Elizabeth and Vernon Puzey Scholarship. Infrastructure support was provided by the Particulate Fluids Processing Centre.