OIL/WATER SEPARATION

OIL/WATER SEPARATION

FREE-FLOATING OILS / EMULSIFIED OILS / SOLUBLE OILS

 

Oil/water separators are generally capable of separating free-floating oils, rather than chemically emulsified oils, or soluble oils from water. Many unaware buyers will request an oil/water separator, without knowing the physical characteristics of the oils as they exist in the water. This can result in a costly mistake.

 

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Are the oils free-floating?

Traditional oil/water separators are applied to applications where the oils are buoyant and floating on the surface. In some cases, pumping systems will cause the oils to temporarily mix into the water. The skimmer should be positioned where the oils are buoyant and free.

Clean and reliable

Are the oils chemically emulsified?

If so, traditional oil/water separators are not normally applied. Rather, a “de-emulsifying” water treatment technology should be considered for your application.

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Are the oils soluble in water?

If so, traditional oil/water separators are not normally applied. Rather, reducing the water volume prior to off-site disposal (using evaporation technology) should be considered for your application.

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