Solid-Liquid Filtration

Solid-Liquid Filtration

Practical Guides in Chemical Engineering

1st Edition - February 6, 2015

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  • Author: Barry Perlmutter
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128030547
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128030530

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Practical Guides in Chemical Engineering are a cluster of short texts that each provides a focused introductory view on a single subject. The full library spans the main topics in the chemical process industries that engineering professionals require a basic understanding of. They are ‘pocket publications’ that the professional engineer can easily carry with them or access electronically while working. Each text is highly practical and applied, and presents first principles for engineers who need to get up to speed in a new area fast. The focused facts provided in each guide will help you converse with experts in the field, attempt your own initial troubleshooting, check calculations, and solve rudimentary problems. Solid-Liquid Filtration covers the basic principles and mechanisms of filtration, filtration testing including filter aids and filter media, types of filtration systems, selection of filtration systems and typical operating and troubleshooting approaches.  This guide also discusses general applications and tips for process filtration and can be utilized by process engineers as a framework for “idea-generation” when analyzing filtration for an operating bottleneck issue or a new process development problem.

Key Features

  • Practical, short, concise information on the basics will help you get an answer or teach yourself a new topic quickly
  • Supported by industry examples to help you solve a real world problem
  • Single subject volumes provide key facts for professionals


Process engineers, plant engineers, researchers, professionals.

Table of Contents

    • List of Figures
    • List of Tables
    • About the Authors
    • Acknowledgments
    • Chapter 1. Introduction
      • Filtration Overview
      • Filtration Equipment Categories
      • Principles and Mechanisms
      • Filter Aids
      • Filter Media
      • Coagulants and Flocculants
      • Surface Charges
      • Filter Rating Systems
    • Chapter 2. Filtration Testing
      • Filtration Theory: Background and How to Use It in Practice
      • Slurry Characteristics
      • Particle Characteristics
      • Pressure Testing
      • Vacuum Testing
    • Chapter 3. Types of Filtration Systems
      • Batch Systems
      • Continuous Systems
    • Chapter 4. Combination Filtration
      • Testing for Combination Filtration
      • Thickening
      • Polishing
      • Process Segmentation
    • Chapter 5. Filtration Selection
      • Specifications
      • Upstream and Downstream Equipment
      • Integration and Controls
      • Applications
      • Centrifugal Alternatives to Pressure and Vacuum Solid-Liquid Filtration
      • Life Cycle Capital Equipment Costs
    • Chapter 6. Commissioning and Operation
      • Commissioning Plan
      • Preventative Maintenance
      • Troubleshooting
      • Interesting Process Challenges After the Fact
    • Chapter 7. Conclusion
    • Appendix. Paint Filter Liquids Test
    • Glossary of Important Filtration Terms
    • Suggested Further Reading Online
    • References
    • Bibliography

Product details

  • No. of pages: 136
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 2015
  • Published: February 6, 2015
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128030547
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128030530

About the Author

Barry Perlmutter

Barry A. Perlmutter is President of Perlmutter & Idea Development LLC, P&ID. He has 40 years of technical engineering and business marketing experience in solid-liquid separation, filtration, centrifugation, and process drying. His skills focus on process solutions, innovation strategy and business development and market expansion. Barry has published and presented worldwide and is responsible for introducing many European technologies into the marketplace. He is an author of Elsevier’s “Solid-Liquid Filtration: Practical Guides in Chemical Engineering” and a new E-book “Framework for Selecting Automated Filtration Technologies for Clarification Applications .” Barry began his career with the US Environmental Protection Agency and then entered the world of solid-liquid separation at Pall Corporation. For eleven years, he continued at Rosenmund Inc. as VP of Engineering and Sales including Comber and Guedu Dryers and Ferrum Centrifuges. From the process industries, Barry joined Process Efficiency Products, now part of Amiad USA, as a Director of Marketing and Sales for the manufacturing of filtration, separation and adsorption technologies for cooling tower and HVAC water, process fluids, and water and wastewater treatment. He then became President & Managing Director of BHS-Filtration Inc. (BHS-Sonthofen Inc.) where he grew the filtration, drying, mixing and recycling business of BHS for more than 20 years including the integration of AVA GmbH dryers. His current company, P&ID, allows Barry to provide consulting services for process and project development with operating companies and business development, marketing & sales strategies for process technology suppliers. He received a BS degree in Chemistry from Albany State (NY) University, MS degree from the School of Engineering at Washington University, St. Louis and an MBA from the University of Illinois, Chicago.

Affiliations and Expertise

President of Perlmutter & Idea Development LLC., North Carolina, U.S.A.

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