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Perlite Filter Media

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FILTER AID

Introduction
Perlite is a generic name for a naturally occurring siliceous volcanic rock. A unique property of perlite is that it expands up to twenty times its original volume when it is heated to its softening range.

This expansion process is caused by the presence of water in the crude rock. When perlite ore is rapidly heated to above 850c, this water vaporizes and causes the softened rock to expand. Tiny glass like bubbles are produced which account for the light weight and exceptional physical properties of expanded perlite.

It is these light weight glasslike bubbles that are milled and classified under stringent quality control conditions to produce perlite filter aids. This material exhibits a unique, jagged interlocking structure with myriads of microscopic channels affording optimum flow rates and clarities for a wide variety of applications. Perlite filter aids do not impart taste, colour or odour to liquids being filtered and they are virtually insoluble in mineral and organic acids at all temperatures. Solubility in strong alkalis varies depending on temperature and contact time.

Benefits
Perlite filter aids offer many benefits, including:

Australian Materials, Australian Processed
AUSPERL filter aid is produced using Australian sourced perlite ore, processed in Banksmeadow, Sydney. That means that we can deliver filter aid just in time minimizing warehousing and distribution costs. Further as an Australian produce our prices are stable and not susceptible to foreign currency exchange.

Cost advantage
AUSPERL perlite filter aids provide the user with a density advantage between 20-50% over other filter aids which is an important consideration when comparing costs.
AUSPERL perlite filter cake density is 110-270kg/m3. The dry density of perlite filter aid ranges from 100-200kg/m3. Experience in a variety of applications in many industries has shown that users of filter aids can substantially reduce filtration costs without sacrificing performance by converting to perlite filter aids.

Casella RDV Used PerliteUsable with standard equipment
AUSPERL perlite filter aids can be used with both pressure and vacuum filtration equipment by merely replacing present filter aid. Plant or laboratory filtration studies will enable the selection of the optimum filter aid to be specified and the dosage that is required. Of special note is the fact that when AUSPERL perlite filter aids are used wit rotary vacuum filters, filter cakes exhibit less cracking than when other filter aids are used.

High flow rates
Due to their unique physical structure, AUSPERL perlite filter aids offer high flow rates with optimum density. They are especially applicable to highly viscous liquids such as syrup of gelatinous slurries requiring fast flow rates. Productivity, clarity and flow rates may be increased through the use of AUSPERL perlite filter aids.

Full range of grades
AUSPERL perlite filter aids are produced in a full range of grades to economically meet the flow rate and clarity requirements of almost every industry.
Grades produced are as follows:

AP20
AP40
AP60
AP70
Slow
Medium
Fast
Fast
Relative Flow Rate Seconds

100-230

50-80

25-35

15-25

Bulk Density

kg/m3

125-160

120-150

110-145

110-140

Wet Cake Density

kg/m3

250-336

210-290

200-280

180-250

Permeability

Darcies

0.21-0.27

064-1.02

1.46-2.04

2.04-3.41

Ph  in 10% slurry

Ph

7-8

7-8

7-8

7-8

Average Particle Size

microns

43

51

78

85

Median Size

microns

28

34

55

68

90% passing

microns

87

106

162

166

Compliance with FCC (V) report PDF

Easy cake release
Because they remain porous and do not compact, AUSPERL perlite filter aids afford easy cake release at the completion of the filtration cycle. Not only does this facilitate filter cleaning, but it reduces manpower requirements and increases productivity.

Inert-Codex approved
AUSPERL perlite filter aids are sterile and inert and are widely used for filtering liquids in the beverage, food and pharmaceutical industries. They do not impart taste, odour or colour and are listed in the U.S. Food Chemicals Codex which is published by the National Academy of Sciences. This publication which is a source of information on the quality and purity of food grade substances, is officially recognized by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration and has been adopted by many government agencies around the world.

TRACE ELEMENTS PERCENTAGE ( %)
Arsenic <0.001
Barium <0.1
Boron <0.01
Chlorine <0.0005
Chromium <0.0075
Copper <0.0015
Gallium <0.05
Lead <0.001
Manganese <0.03
Molybdenum <0.002
Nickel <0.002
Sulfer <0.2
Titanium <0.1
Zirconium <0.003

Use of spent filter cake
A unique benefit to manufacturers using AUSPERL perlite filter aids in the food processing is that spent filter cake is used as a component in animal feed in many countries throughout the world. This reduces spent filter aid disposal costs. In the U.S., this application has been approved by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO)

Applications

1. Food Processing
a. Wine
b. Corn syrup
c. Fruit juice
d. Sugar
e. Pectin
f. Citric Acid
g. Vegetable Oils & Juices
h. Beer
i. Cider
j. Lard
k. Molasses
l. Soft Drinks
m. Casein

2. Pharmaceuticals
a. Enzymes
b. Epsom Salts
c. Penicillin
d. Streptomycin
e. Tetramycin

3. Industrial
a. Water treatment
b. Sizing’s
c. Oil recovery
d. Pool water
e. Greases
f. Solvent recovery
g. Disposal wells

4. Chemical
a. Inorganic & organic chemicals
b. Resins
c. Sulphuric acid
d. Polymers
e. Polyethylene
f. Brine
g. Adhesives
h. Titanium dioxide
i. Fertilizers
j. Waste Disposal

5. Paints/Coatings/Textiles
a. Waxes
b. Oils
c. Varnish
d. Gums
e. Shellac
f. Paint







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