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HM 142 Separation in Sedimentation Tanks Show data sheet (pdf file) Print page
HM 142 - A product from the GUNT 2E range
Technical Description

  In sedimentation tanks, solids are separated out of suspensions under the influence of gravity. For this, the density of the solid particles must be greater than that of the liquid.

  With HM 142, the factors influencing the separation process in sedimentation tanks can be investigated. First a suspension of water and precipitated calcium carbonate is prepared in a tank. A pump delivers the suspension to the sedimentation tank. In the inlet area of the sedimentation tank the suspension intermingles with fresh water. The mixture flows over an inlet weir. On their way through the sedimentation tank the solids sink to the bottom. The treated water flows out by way of the weir at the sedimentation tank outlet.

  The solid concentrations at the sedimentation tank inlet and outlet are determined by means of two Imhoff cones. The mass separated in the sedimentation tank can be determined from the difference between them. The flow rates of the suspension and the fresh water are adjusted by valves and indicated by flow meters. This enables the mixing ratio - and thus the solid concentration of the mixture - to be adjusted. In order to ensure a uniform mix of the suspension and prevent premature sedimentation, a portion of the suspension is fed back into the suspension tank by way of a bypass. To investigate the flow conditions, ink can be added with a piston burette to the fresh water stream as a tracer substance. The mixed-in volume of ink is entered using keys and indicated on a display. To provide enhanced observation of the flow conditions and settling processes, the sedimentation tank is made of transparent material.

  A baffle plate can be positioned in the sedimentation tank to impede the flow. Its horizontal and vertical positioning in the sedimentation tank is

adjustable. This enables the flow conditions and the efficiency of the separation process to be influenced.

  The well-structured instructional material sets out the fundamentals and provides a step-by-step guide through the experiments.


Learning Objectives / Experiments

- learning the fundamental principle of separation of

  solids from suspensions in a sedimentation tank
- efficiency of the separation process dependent on
  * solid concentration of suspension 
  * flow rate
  * position of baffle plate
- investigation of flow conditions dependent on
  * flow rate
  * position of baffle plate

* Solid/liquid separation in a sedimentation tank1
* Visualisation of flow conditions
Alternative products
CE 115 -- Fundamentals of Sedimentation
Fundamentals of Sediment Transport

[1] separation of suspensions by sedimentation in transparent sedimentation tank
[2] tank with pump to prepare and deliver a suspension comprising water and precipitated calcium carbonate

[3] bypass to tumble and homogenise the suspension
[4] mixing of the suspension with fresh water in sedimentation tank inlet zone
[5] adjustment of fresh water and suspension flow rate by valves
[6] precise piston burette for metering of ink to visualise flow conditions in the sedimentation tank
[7] influencing of flow conditions in the sedimentation tank with baffle plate that can be positioned
[8] determination of solid concentrations at sedimentation tank inlet and outlet by Imhoff cones

Technical Data

Sedimentation tank
- LxWxH: 1.000x400x230mm
- capacity: approx. 80L
- material: colourless PMMA
Suspension tank
- capacity: approx. 100L
- material: stainless steel
- max. flow rate: 78L/min
- max. head: 5m
Piston burette
- metering accuracy: 0,15% of nominal volume
- volume adjustment range: 0,00...20,00ml
- resolution: 0,01ml
Imhoff cones
- capacity: 1000ml
Flow rate measuring ranges
- fresh water: 60...640L/h

- suspension: 0...1,9L/min


Dimensions and Weight
LxWxH: 1.900x670x1.560 mm
Weight: approx. 180kg
Required for Operation

230V, 50/60Hz, 1 phase or 120V, 60Hz, 1 phase
Water connection: 200...300L/h, drain

Scope of Delivery

1 trainer
1 piston burette
2 Imhoff cones
1 packing unit of precipitated calcium carbonate

1 set of instructional material

Order Details

070.14200  HM 142  Separation in Sedimentation


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