The BHS rotary pressure filter (type RPF) is a continuously operating filter for pressure filtration. It facilitates gas-tight cake handling in a series of separate process steps. Cake treatment can, for instance, comprise single- or multi-stage cake washing and subsequent cake drying. Cake discharge can take place at atmospheric pressure. Application scenarios cover a wide range of industries, including industrial chemicals, fine chemicals, the pharmaceutical industry and the food industry.
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The rotary pressure filter supports a broad range of process steps during a single rotation of the drum. After separating the suspension into filtrate and filter cake, the rotary pressure filter supports the following additional processes: single- or multi-stage cake washing, displacement washing, counter-current washing, circulation washing, slurrying, solvent exchange, steaming, extraction, as well as mechanical or thermal cake dehumidification. All process steps take place in separate segment zones within the filter. This makes it possible to separately discharge the filtrates or other substances.
The rotary pressure filter is a fully encapsulated unit that can be integrated into production processes in a gas-tight manner. This means that the rotary pressure filter is also suitable for use in operating scenarios with increased safety or hygienic requirements.
The rotary pressure filter operates at a pressure of up to 7 bar (g) and within a temperature range of approx. -20° to approx. 160° Celsius. During all process steps, pressure is generated hydraulically via the inlet pipes for the suspension or washing/extraction media rather than pneumatically by means of gas stratification. This enables the procedural optimization of each individual process step.
Each process step is sealed off into a segment zone by means of pressure-tight separation elements inside of the rotary pressure filter. The cake can be discharged to the surrounding area at atmospheric pressure.
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The filter drum  rotates continuously in a pressure-tight housing  at a freely configurable speed. The intermediate circular space is laterally sealed using special gland seals and divided in the longitudinal direction into multiple pressure-tight segment zones using separation elements . The drum surface consists of filter cells  that are connected to the control head  via drain pipes .
The suspension is fed into the filter continuously and under pressure. The filter cake is formed on the filter elements located in the filter cells; the drum rotation transports this cake to the subsequent segment zones. The filtrate is drained from the cells towards the control head via the pipe system.
Depending on the application, the cake is washed, extracted or steamed in a single- or multi-stage process. As the segment zones are completely filled, this results in an ideal single-phase displacement flow through the cake. The washing fluid is drained to the control head via the pipe system and can be collected there in an unmixed state.
The separation elements divide the housing into segment zones. The suspension, or the media to be treated, is fed from the outside to the corresponding segment zones under pressure. The standard operating pressure is 3 bar (g) and up to 7 bar (g) for high-performance filters.
Separator bars and drum rings subdivide the drum surface into box-shaped cells, which serve to hold the filter cake. The cells contain the cell inlays, which are covered with the filter medium and screwed to the drum. Operators can configure the cake thickness to optimize the process. The maximum cake thickness is 175 mm.
The control head is where the respective filtrates are separately drained. The head also controls blowback for cake discharge and cloth cleaning. The control head consists of a core that is permanently fastened to the drum. The filtrate pipes end here. A ring space is located between the rotating core and the rigid control head housing; isolating plugs subdivide this space into segment zones that correspond to the process zones at the filter. This allows the collected filtrates and treatment media to be drained independently of each other.
The cake is discharged in a non-pressurized filter zone via air, steam or nitrogen blowback. An autonomously operating scratcher supports cake discharge where necessary. If required, this zone can also be equipped with a gas-tight sealing hood. After cake discharge, a cleaning mechanism takes care of continuous or on-demand filter cloth cleaning.
The filter cell contains the cell inlays, which constitute the actual filter element. The cell inlays separate solid matter from the suspension. They are connected to the drum via screws on the filter elements. The inlays comprise the filtrate discharge mechanism, support tissue and filter cloth. Depending on the application, the filter cloth is a plastic or metal mesh.
Separation elements pneumatically pressed against the drum reliably separate the individual segment zones from one another in a pressure-tight manner. High-end, chemically resistant plastics, such as, for instance, PE or PEEK, reliably implement the sealing effect. The exchangeable sealing plates are fastened to inherently stable support beams.
The filter has a freely adjustable drive to accommodate different throughputs and filtrate characteristics. The drive comprises a reduction gear unit, a coupling (where included), and a frequency-controlled drive motor. Three drive versions are available:
Spur-gear filters are generally designed for suspension processing in continuous operation with a throughput of up to 25 m³/h and cake thicknesses of up to 30 mm. The operating pressure is up to 3 bar (g).
An additional, pressure-tight sealing that separates the processing space from the surrounding area – the so-called secondary containment – improves the safety of the rotary pressure filter in the event of a leak in the primary sealing. Any leaking fluids and/or gases are detected and extracted in the second sealing space on the housing and control head, thus preventing contamination of the environment through highly toxic and/or volatile media.
In continuous operation, high-performance filters can handle a suspension throughput of up to 250 m³/h, cake thicknesses of up to 175 mm, as well as operating pressures of up to 7 bar (g) and a pressure-tight filtrate discharge at up to 6 bar (g).
The BHS recirculation system makes it possible to reuse the nitrogen accumulated during inert processes. The system separates the nitrogen required for drying and discharging the filter cake from the entrained solvent and condenses it to the necessary process pressure. Dual systems for supplying two or more rotary pressure filters are also offered on demand. This significantly reduces the overall nitrogen consumption.
|Type||Drum diameter||Effective drum length||Active filter area||Dimensions (L x W x H)||Weight|
|RPF P01||0,75 m||0,1 m||0,18 m²||2 x 1,2 x 2m||2.500 kg|
|RPF P02||0,75 m||0,25 m||0,45 m²||2,1 x 1,2 x 2 m||3.500 kg|
|RPF A03||1 m||0,3 m||0,72 m²||3,9 x 2,1 x 2,2 m||7.000 kg|
|RPF A06||1 m||0,6 m||1,44 m²||4,2 x 2,1 x 2,2 m||10.000 kg|
|RPF A09||1 m||0,9 m||2,16 m²||4,5 x 2,1 x 2,2 m||13.000 kg|
|RPF A12||1 m||1,2 m||2,88 m²||4,8 x 2,1 x 2,2 m||15.000 kg|
|RPF B09||1,5 m||0,9 m||3,2 m²||5 x 2,9 x 3,2 m||20.000 kg|
|RPF B12||1,5 m||1,2 m||4,3 m²||5,4 x 3 x 3,2 m||30.000 kg|
|RPF B16||1,5 m||1,6 m||5,8 m²||5,8 x 3 x 3,2 m||35.000 kg|
|RPF X16||1,8 m||1,6 m||6,9 m²||5,8 x 3,3 x 3,6 m||40.000 kg|
|RPF X20||1,8 m||2 m||8,6 m²||6,2 x 3,3 x 3,6 m||42.000 kg|
|Operating pressure||up to 6 bar (g)|
|Operating temperature||up to 160° C|
|Soldids content (suspension)||up to 60 % (by weight)|
|Cake thickness||up to 175 mm|
|Grain size||10 - 500 µm|
|Filter output – suspension||up to 30 m³/m² h|
|Filter output – dry solids||up to 15.000 kg/m² h|
|Active filter surface||0,18 - 8,6 m²|