A cyclonic separation is a method of removing particulates from an air, gas or liquid stream, without the use of filters, through vortex separation. When removing particulate matter from liquid, a hydro-cyclone is used; while from gas, a gas cyclone is used. Rotational effects and gravity are used to separate mixtures of solids and fluids. The method can also be used to separate fine droplets of liquid from a gaseous stream.
Alp- technologies produce a variety of cyclones for different applications.
The cyclones connect to the process machinery via flexible hose or stainless steel pipework (multiple lines can be accommodated using a manifold). Inside the cyclone, vortex separation causes the solid particles to hit the outside wall of the cyclone and fall to the catch at the base of the cyclone. This allows ‘clean’ air to pass downstream (to the dust extraction source) and prevents a build-up of material in the filters, which can be time consuming and expensive to replace. For additional security, a filter can be integrated after the cyclone and before the vacuum source.