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1. (WO2013159058) ACOUSTOPHORETIC ENHANCED SYSTEM FOR USE IN TANKS

Pub. No.:    WO/2013/159058    International Application No.:    PCT/US2013/037475
Publication Date: Fri Oct 25 01:59:59 CEST 2013 International Filing Date: Sat Apr 20 01:59:59 CEST 2013
IPC: B01D 21/28
Applicants: FLODESIGN SONICS INC.
Inventors: LORICCO, Nicholas M.
LIPKENS, Bart
Title: ACOUSTOPHORETIC ENHANCED SYSTEM FOR USE IN TANKS
Abstract:
A system for enhancing the separation of particles or fluids from water is disclosed. A settling tank or skim tank is provided with an open submersible acoustophoretic separator. In a skim tank, the separator captures and holds oil droplets or particles, permitting them to coalesce until they are large enough and have sufficient buoyant force to float to the top of the tank. In a settling or sediment tank, separator captures and holds particles until they are large enough that the force of gravity causes them to settle out of the water. The acoustophoretic device thus speeds up separation of the particles or droplets from the water.