FAQ:I’m experiencing a significant pressure drop across my wire mesh disc. What could be causing this and how can I mitigate it?

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A:When the pressure drop across wire mesh disc in a filtration system increases, it indicates that the flow resistance has also increased. This can be due to factors such as clogging, fouling, or damage to the mesh. To reduce the pressure drop and restore optimal performance, several steps can be taken:


1.Cleaning: The first step in reducing pressure drop is to clean the mesh discs. Over time, particles and contaminants can accumulate on the mesh, obstructing the flow and increasing pressure drop. Depending on the level of contamination, you can use methods like backwashing, mechanical cleaning, or chemical cleaning. Backwashing involves reversing the flow through the discs to dislodge and remove trapped particles. Mechanical cleaning can be done using brushes or compressed air, while chemical cleaning involves using suitable detergents or solvents to dissolve or loosen the contaminants. Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for the appropriate cleaning method for your specific mesh disc.


2.Pre-filtration: Installing a pre-filtration system can help reduce the load on the mesh discs and minimize clogging. Pre-filters can capture larger particles and contaminants before they reach the mesh discs, thereby prolonging their lifespan and reducing pressure drop. Depending on the application, pre-filtration options include strainers, sediment filters, or cyclone separators. Regular maintenance and cleaning of the pre-filtration system are essential to ensure its effectiveness.


3.Surface modification: Applying surface modification techniques to the mesh can help reduce pressure drop. Techniques like coating or electroplating can create a smoother surface, preventing particles from adhering to the mesh. This reduces the likelihood of clogging and decreases pressure drop. However, the choice of surface modification technique should consider the compatibility with the filtration process and the type of contaminants involved. Consult with experts or manufacturers for suitable surface modification options.


4.Changing mesh size: If pressure drop becomes excessive, it may be necessary to consider using mesh discs with a larger pore size. A larger mesh size allows for better flow and reduces the likelihood of clogging. However, changing the mesh size should be carefully evaluated, considering the filtration requirements and the potential impact on the desired filtration efficiency. Consult with filtration experts or manufacturers to determine the appropriate mesh size for your specific application.


5.Optimal operating conditions: Ensure that the filtration system operates under optimal conditions to minimize pressure drop. Factors such as flow rate, temperature, and pressure should be maintained within the recommended range specified by the manufacturer. Deviating from the recommended operating conditions can affect the performance of the mesh discs and lead to increased pressure drop. Regularly monitor and adjust the operating parameters to maintain optimal filtration efficiency.


6.Replacement: If the pressure drop remains high despite cleaning and other measures, it may be necessary to replace the mesh discs. Over time, the mesh can become damaged or worn out, leading to increased pressure drop. When replacing the discs, ensure they meet the required specifications and are compatible with the filtration system. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations regarding the replacement interval to prevent excessive pressure drop.

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