Separations – Mechanical


In centrifuges, a centrifugal force, generated by high speed rotations, is used to separate solids from liquids. Centrifugation can be used to recover solids from slurries, to clarify liquids, or to clarify solids.

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Filters are used to separate a liquid-solid or gas-solid mixture. They are used in a wide range of applications, and in many fields, as described below.

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Screening or sieving is a method of separating granular solids according to size. Screens are widely used in nearly every process that handles particulate materials.

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Steam Traps

By not letting steam escape, heated systems can more efficiently maintain correct process temperatures. Steam traps are automatic valves that sense the difference between steam, air, condensate, and noncondensable gases such as CO2.

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