Separation, as discussed here, is a mechanical means of the following:

• Separating immiscible liquids with different specific gravities (purification).

• Removing insoluble solids from a liquid (clarification if a liquid is the main product; dewatering if the solids are the chief product).

• Removing excess liquid from insoluble solids (thickening with the solids slurry in a more viscous form being the product).

• Some intermediate combination (degritting - removal of oversize particles; desliming - removal of fine particles; or some other form of classification - splitting the slurry into two generally liquid components with the solids being split based on particle size and/or density).

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Centrifuges are usually divided into two types, sedimenting and filtering. Sedimenting centrifuges are characterized by a solid bowl wall and include tubular bowl (Figure 1), disc stack (Figure 2) decanter (Figure 3) and imperforate basket centrifuges. Filtering centrifuges have perforated bowl walls, which support screens or cloth or both and include perforate basket centrifuges, peelers and pushers.

The ultracentrifuge and the gas centrifuge represent special cases that establish separations based on gradients on a molecular scale and are not included in this discussion.

Although centrifuges have been applied industrially for well over a century, centrifuge theory is not well developed. Centrifuges are not designed for specific applications using fundamental principles. Any discussion of centrifuge theory must also define the limitation of the theory. The best means of predicting the performance that will be obtained by processing a material through a centrifuge is to actually process the material through a centrifuge.

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