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Solid-Liquid Filtration

A user’s guide to minimizing cost & environmental impact, maximizing quality & productivity

Exploring the success factors that combine to deliver this performance. Finding ways to get more from your processes, with examples, case studies and scenarios.

Solid-Liquid Filtration is a crucial step in the production of virtually everything in our daily lives, from metals, plastics and pigments through to foods (and crockery) and medicines. Using a practical and applied approach, Trevor Sparks has created a guide that chemical and process engineers can use to help them:

  • Understand how filtration processes affect production processes, production costs, product quality, environmental impact and productivity

  • Optimise process development and project execution, with real examples and supporting software forms and tools.
  • Develop reporting tools to monitor processes, and find ways to get more from processes

This book’s focus is helping process engineers understand their filtration processes better. Its accessible approach and style make it a valuable resource for anyone working in this sector, regardless of prior knowledge or experience.

About the author

Trevor Sparks PhD., founder of Filter-Ability Ltd, Ireland, is a consultant within the filtration industry, working for end-users and technology-providers. He has worked in the process industries for 20 years and has focussed on filtration for the last 15 of these. He has previously worked for BHR Group Limited, Larox Oyj (now a part of Outotec), Finland, and as a Marie-Curie Research Fellow at UC RUSAL in Ireland. He is a Member of the Council of the Filtration Society.


Chemical and process engineers; filtration specialists; consultants

Hardbound, 224 Pages

Published: November 2011

Imprint: Butterworth Heinemann

ISBN: 978-0-08-097114-8


  • "An Irish-based consultant to both end users and technology providers of filtration, Sparks offers a guide to engineers and technicians in processing plants and other operations that separate solids and liquids using filters. His topics include the physical phenomena of solid-liquid filtration, competitiveness in processing, filter design, process testing, and getting the most from filtration processes."--Reference and Research Book News, October 2012


  • 1 Introduction

    Part I: Background

    2 History of Filtration

    3 Physical phenonmena

    Part II: Competitive Advantage

    4 Competitiveness in processing

    5 The outcomes of filtration process

    Part 3: Filtration Process Success Factors

    6 Slurry Filterability

    7 Filter Design

    8 Filter Installation

    9 Filter Cloth

    10 Filter Maintenance

    11 Filter Operation

    Part 4: Creating and Sustaining a competitive advantage

    12 Process Testing

    13 Getting the most from your ltration processes


    Key equations

    Software tools


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