Design and Analysis of Filtration Experiments, a Keynote Address at the American Filtration and Separations Society Fall Conference

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The American Filtration and Separations Society(AFS) will be holding its’ Fall Technical Conference & Exhibition on October 15-18, 2012 at the Embassy Suites Hotel Airport in Philadelphia, PA. The theme for this conference is “Solid – Fluid Separation – Innovation in Research and Applications” One of the keynote addresses will be “Design and Analysis of Filtration Experiments”, presented by Antti Hakkinen, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Lappeenranta, Finland

Design and Analysis of Filtration Experiments

The American Filtration and Separations Society(AFS) will be holding its’ Fall Technical Conference & Exhibition on October 15-18, 2012 at the Embassy Suites Hotel Airport in Philadelphia, PA. The theme for this conference is “Solid – Fluid Separation – Innovation in Research and Applications”

One of the keynote addresses will be “Design and Analysis of Filtration Experiments”, presented by Antti Hakkinen, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Lappeenranta, Finland.

Designing and sizing of filtration equipment for each new application typically requires experimental work to determine the separation characteristics of the suspension. Theoretical tools can be utilized for predicting the performance of different equipment but the existing theories are limited to individual sub-processes such as cake growth, cake washing, consolidation and dewatering. Combining these filtration sub-process theories to describe the outcome of a complete filtration cycle is challenging and the results are often not reliable. Furthermore, most of the filtration theories require experimental work to be performed in order to obtain critical parameters for the models.

The operation cycle in most filters consists of several stages that all have their own variables and that often have a strong influence on each other. Creating a good overall understanding of how the variables affect the final product in filtration means that the interactions between the variables need to be experimentally determined. This often requires a large number of tests to be performed. This paper introduces a method developed to improve the efficiency and quality of test filtration tasks and to simplify and rationalize the interpretation of test results.

Antti Häkkinen, D.Sc.(Tech), is a professor of solid/liquid separation technology in Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland. He has worked on various issues regarding solid/liquid separation processes and characteristics of filter materials for over ten years. In addition to solid/liquid separation, his research includes batch cooling crystallization, design of experiments and empirical modeling. Antti Häkkinen has authored more than 80 publications in international journals and conferences. He was the chairman of the Nordic Filtration Society in 2009 – 2010 and is currently a council member of The Filtration Society (UK).

On Monday, October 15th, AFS will be offering 8 short courses ranging from the Fundamentals of Liquid Filtration full day course to half day course on Microfiltration Membranes

On Tuesday, October 16th the Technical Conference & Exhibition will begin. It will have dozens of presentations given in multiple concurrent tracks and will run for two and one-half days ending at noon on Thursday, October 18th.

On Tuesday evening, AFS will be hosting a networking reception for all attendees.

Listed below you will find the short courses that will be offered on October 15th.

Fundamentals of Liquid Filtration
Fundamentals of Gas/Air Filtration
Microfiltration Membranes
Ultrafiltration Membranes
Liquid Filtration Testing Basics
Filtration & Separations Media Use and Market
Liquid Filtration Applications
Electrostatic Charging and Electrets for Air Filter Media

For information on the conference go to:
http://www.afssociety.org/conferences/2012-fall-conference

For information on the short courses go to:
http://www.afssociety.org/training/

AFS is the premier organization in North America dedicated to R&D, problem solutions and technology transfer in filtration and separation for the benefit of industrial processes, individual health and a clean environment.

The AFS conferences and events bring together the industry leaders, presenting the greatest opportunity to meet and hear the newest information in filtration and separation technology.

Over the past two years over 300 organizations have sent representatives to AFS events. These companies understand the value of employees with knowledge of the latest information in filtration and separation technology.

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