This book covers filtration in various modes of operation for both solid/gas and solid/liquid suspensions. It provides the necessary knowledge and background information to prepare and equip persons who are interested in serious filtration work. It is a useful reference/text for students and practicing engineers. It can also be adopted as an advanced text book for various engineering courses in chemical, environmental, mechanical and metallurgical engineering.

The book presents analysis and treatment of filtration processes employing different filter media operating in various modes for both gas/solid and liquid/solid systems.

Key Features

  • Presents a concise overview of filtration enabling full understanding of the applications as well as theunderlying theoretical foundations
  • Presents filtration techniques in its entirety, i.e. gas/solid and liquid.solid separations and outlines their differences, coverage not found in any of the existing publications
  • Presents rational procedures for analysing experimental data in a clear and easy to understand fashion by students and engineers
  • Includes numerous illustrative examples enabling understanding of the underlying theory and selection of the most suitable solution for the particular application
  • Provides detailed filter parameters (efficiency coefficients) vital in the design of filters
  • Includes problems and solutions at the end of each chapter connecting the theoretical concepts with the practical aspects for engineers
  • Written by the top expert on the subject of filtration


Chemical engineers, membrane technologists, water engineers, environmental engineers, civil engineers

Table of Contents



1. Introduction

1.1 Filtration as a Liquid–Solid Separation Technology

1.2 Classification of Filtration Processes

1.3 Laws of Filtration



Part 1 Cake Filtration

2. Cake Formation and Growth

2.1 Filtration Cycles

2.2 Analysis of Cake Filtration

2.3 The Conventional Cake Filtration Theory

2.4 Expressions of Cake Filtration Performance

2.5 Parabolic Law of Constant Pressure Filtration

2.6 Approximate Expressions of Cake Solidosity, Compressive Stress, and Pore Liquid Pressure Profiles

2.7 Applications of the Conventional Cake Filtration Theory

2.8 Application of the Conventional Theory to Crossflow Cake Filtration



3. Post-Treatment Processes of Cake Filtration

3.1 Deliquoring by Mechanical Force: Expression and Consolidation

3.2 Deliquoring by Suction or Blowing

3.3 Washing of Filter Cakes



4. Fabric Filtration of Gas–Solid Mixtures

4.1 Dust Cakes of Fabric Filtration vs. Cakes Formed from Liquid/Solid Suspensions

4.2 Analysis of Fabric Filtration

4.3 Dust Cake Structure and Properties

4.4 Filter Bag Cleaning

4.5 Fabric Filtration Design Calculations

4.6 Simplified Calculation of Multi-Compartment Fabric Filtration



Part 2 Deep Bed Filtration

5. Deep Bed Filtration

5.1 Macroscopic Conservation Equation

5.2 Phenomenological Expression for Filtration Rate

5.3 Physical Significance of the Filter Coefficient

5.4 Representation of Filter Media with Cell Models

5.5 Flow Rate–Pressure Drop Relationships for Flow through Porous Media

5.6 Filter Cleaning by Back Washing and Bed Expansion

5.7 Solution of the Macroscopic Conse


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About the author

Chi Tien

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY