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Topic: Re: Creating a pilot plant for a continuous process

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The pilot plant likely will not have as full of a process train (not as much equipment) as the full scale process. For the pilot plant, consider two tanks in series for the precipitation, with the second tank agitated and feeding a pilot-size drum filter. If a drum filter is not available, filter cake tests will have to be performed on stationary filter media with measurement of the volume or weight of slurry per filtration area vs. time. Optimization of the filtration parameters may be desired. The filtration rates (in lph/m2 or gpm/ft2) can be scaled-up by the multiple of the of the full scale process compared to the pilot scale process.