FPS course Filtration, separation and washing

Category: 3-day open course
Date: to be announced

also available as an in-company course anytime

Course programme

Day 1 (Separation)
0915 Introduction, separation principles, pretreatment
1045 Gravity sedimentation: thickeners and clarifiers
1145 Flotation
1400 Sedimenting centrifuges
1530 Hydrocyclones
1630 Design examples and equipment demonstration

Day 2
(Filtration)
0915 Filtration principles and fundamentals, filter aids
1045 Vacuum filters, filter media
1145 Pressure filters
1400 Centrifugal filters, deep bed filters
1530 Cross-flow (membrane) filtration and thickening filters
1630 Design examples and scale-up calculations
1830 Course dinner at a local restaurant

Day 3
(Selection and washing)
0915 Selection of equipment for solid-liquid separation
1045 The use of flocculants and coagulants
1145 Review of methods for washing of solids, washing of filter cakes by displacement
1400 Counter-current washing and its applications
1530 Examples of washing efficiency calculations
1630 Course closes

Course Manual

The course is based on a book edited by L. Svarovsky, Solid-Liquid Separation, 4th edition published by Butterworth-Heinemann in October 2000. Each participant will receive a copy of the relevant chapters from this book as well as some additional supporting notes and graphics. The course software included in the manual (on a CD ROM disc) will consist of the following programs (all by FPS):

Instruction in the use and application of these programs will be given during the course.

Course fee for an open course: 1250 GBP (No VAT), to include the manual, software, lunches, coffees/teas and course dinner (refer to method of payment for details)


Course description

Filtration, separation and washing are important industrial processes used for recovery and processing of solids or purification of liquids. Most of the process industries in which particulate slurries are handled use some form of solid-liquid separation or solids washing, and yet the subject is not adequately covered in most higher education courses.

The course is designed to bring the participants up-to-date on the principles and industrial practices of solid-liquid separation and washing technology. Particular attention is given to hardware and to its evaluation, application and selection.

Whilst not exclusively concerned with filtration and sedimentation, these operations will be dealt with in depth. Important variations in the available equipment will be discussed throughout the course with emphasis on basic engineering concepts, equipment selection and evaluation, solids washing, methods of pre-treatment, filter aids and other practical aspects of mechanical separation.


Intended audience

The course is intended for engineers and scientists of graduate status who are engaged in design, production or research and development. Previous experience in solid-liquid separation is helpful but not necessary. The emphasis is on practical applications and practical problems. Practical sessions are included and there will be ample opportunity for interaction amongst the participants and lecturers.

Modern teaching methods and computer graphics will be used by the tutors in order to achieve maximum efficiency of learning in the time available.

The course is to be given by Professor Svarovsky with some visiting speakers depending on availability. The course was given in the past as a 4-day course called Solid-Liquid Separation annually in Bradford (and more recently in Bexhill) since 1974 and occasionally abroad, also as an in-house course in many companies worldwide. It has developed into an "equipment users' course", with the Butterworth's book written specifically for it.

This version of the course is an open, 3-day course, with even more emphasis on practical application and with more time given to solids washing.


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