Particle removal from hot process gases is frequently accomplished with regenerable ceramic filters. When regenerating such media periodically, the dust cake may be detached from parts of the filter surface while other regions remain intact (‘patchy cleaning’). The filtration process depends on how these patterns of incomplete regeneration evolve over a number of cycles, how they change the build-up of the new cake, and how they affect the pressure drop. A two-dimensional quasi stationary flow model is used to predict pressure drops as a function of regeneration efficiencies and regeneration patterns, taking into account the finite thickness and flow resistance of the medium itself. The effect of non-uniform cake build-up on the pressure rise during a filter cycle is also modelled for a partially regenerated filter. The calculations prove that the pressure drop rises faster for lower regeneration efficiencies and that also cycle times become briefer with lower regeneration efficiency. It can also be shown, that the regeneration pattern only influences the pressure drop curve at the very beginning of the filtration cycle but does not influence the filtration cycle times.
Simulation of operational behaviour of patchily regenerated, rigid gas cleaning filter media
A. Dittler, G. Kasper
Chemical Engineering and Processing, 1999, 38, 321-327