Industrial Utility Efficiency

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May 2021 Edition

INDUSTRIAL BLOWER & VACUUM SYSTEMS

Considerations for Sizing Vacuum Pumps in High Humidity Applications

By Antonio Mantilla, Atlas Copco

Many of us are familiar with sizing vacuum pumps based on throughput, process pressure requirements, chamber size, pump down times, conductance and leakage. In a lot of cases, humidity becomes an afterthought and unexpected things happen. Some of these unexpected things we learn to live with, like emulsified oil. In other cases, the unexpected things prevent the pump from performing the job it was intended for.

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Liquid Ring Vacuum Pumps and Food Applications

By Tie Duan, E.W. Klein & Co.

The food industries can have many messy processes, whether it is poultry evisceration, deboned waste conveying, bottling, or sugar cake filtration. Liquid ring vacuum pumps (LRVP’s) are often utilized as the backbone of these processes because they can handle the soft solids, debris, and particles that can easily get sucked into the vacuum pump. So how does a LRVP work, why does it work in these processes, and how to make sure they keep working?

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AERATION BLOWER SYSTEMS

Design Engineering a WWTP Expansion with Unique Site Constraints

By Sam Werner P.E., Jones|Carter and Jacob Valentien P.E., Pacheco Koch

A small site located within a floodplain, prone to erosion, and currently occupied by an existing in-service wastewater treatment facility is not at the top of any engineer’s list for a desirable site to expand a wastewater treatment plant or reclamation facility. However, these challenges created opportunity for specialized solutions during the design of the facility expansion; in particular, in designing the aeration and digester blower system.

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WWTP Saves Energy in Biogas Recovery Process

By Uli Merkel, Busch Vacuum Solutions

Ever since it was commissioned in 1974, the Echallens wastewater treatment plant in the Swiss canton of Vaud has been generating power from the recovery of biogas. In May 2020, two old oil-lubricated piston compressors used to mix the sludge in the digester were replaced by one MINK claw compressor from Busch Vacuum Solutions. This enabled the amount of power required for this process to be reduced by up to 40 percent. For the director of the treatment plant, this means he needs less energy to produce energy.

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