A Combination of the two methods is practiced with either vacuum or pressure filtration.
A layer of filteraid can be applied to filter septum (cloth, paper or metal screens) which becomes the filtering layer when a slurry is pumped to the filter and the liquid is recycled. Depending upon the particle size of the filteraid selected, this layer can act either as a depth filter, utitilizing the pores to retain the solids, or as a surface filter to stop the suspended solids from penetrating into the precoat layer.
When precoats are used as depht filters, a thin bed of a filteraid, suffiently fine to stop the filterable solids on the surface, is applied to the septum. This gives sharp clarity but is limited to low suspended solid systems.
Principal applications using only precoats are in the filtration of aqueous and other low viscosity liquids, usually containing impurities of 20 ppm. or less. Filters for the home swimming pools (not large commercial pools) usually are operated in this manner. Another examble is "insurance filtration" for the removal of trace amounts of particles which have entered into or have been precipatated from a filtered process liquor.
A relatively thin filteraid precoat, 1,5 to 3,0 mm, is commonly used when filteraid is also added to the liquid to be filtered. This is usually expressed in kilograms of filteraid per square meter of filter area and will be in the range of 200 to 1700 g/m² of filter area. A precoat protects the cloht septum from becoming plugged with solids, and is required when metal screens are used on filter elements. The precoat is best applied with filtered liquid, clean water or solvents, depending upon what can be tolerated. It should be applied at a slurry concentration of about of 0,3%, especially on metal screens, so that the particles bridge the screen openings. Precoating liquor should clear up within 5 to 15 minutes of recirculation.
For liquids in viscosity range of water, a precoating rate of about 40 l/m²/min. is adequate. Much lower rates can be used with higher viscosity liquids and can be as low as 4 l/m²/min. There should also be at least 0,7 kg/cm² pressure differential (tank pressure minus outlet pressure) when applying a precoat.
Ideally, the same filteraid used for bodyfeed should be used for precoating to minimize inventories. However, this is not possible in many applications.
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