There are a lot of complicated process equipment models and options on the market. As a general rule, a simple and streamlined process that is effective and efficient is always the best choice in an oil water separator.
Understanding the Process
In the best systems, the process occurs using gravity. The use of gravity is particularly effective in an oil water separator due to the laminar flow nature of the oil and the water in the system. Laminar flow refers to the characteristic flow of different substances in layers past each other, without any mixing.
Combining this laminar flow in a confined space with something to cause the oil to coalesce is the ideal way to remove the surface oil. This process does not remove emulsified types of oils and products, but it can be used to remove solids in the same way that it removes the oil from the water.
The most effective oil water separator models are used across various industries. This includes machine shops, wastewater treatment systems, manufacturing facilities and in oil and gas production and refinery. They also commonly found in most recycling facilities as well as in food and beverage processing plants.
With its relatively simple design, an oil water separator can be made of fiberglass, providing a lightweight, durable and high corrosion resistant system. Stainless steel can also be used for the tank, with the added strength and durability of steel a factor in harsh and heavy-duty types of applications.
A small number of companies can manufacturer lower cost carbon steel options in the separators, which are then epoxy coated to boost corrosion resistance and durability.
All types of systems can be customized to meet the needs of the given operation. Sizing and the specific design may have an impact on the type of material the manufacturer recommends.
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