Electrostatic Precipitators

Know More About Electrostatic Precipitators And Its Control Techniques

The easiest way to remove particles from a gas stream is by using an electrostatic precipitator. Electrical energy is used to charge those particles negatively or positively before they get attracted by the collector plates which are generally of the opposite charge. The collected particles become dry in the collector plates and can be easily removed or washed with water. Not everyone using the procedure is aware of the fact that the collection efficiency of ESPs is more than 99 percent and this is why they are widely used in various industries.

Its Various Components

The four common components you will generally find in an electrical precipitator are discharge electrodes, rappers, collection surfaces and gas distribution plates. These plates comprise of numerous plates which are perforated to maintain and properly distribute the air entering the gas stream.

The discharge electrodes in a majority of the ESPs are divided into 3 or 4 fields. The larger electrodes are divided into around 14 fields which are generally found in series. A solo transformer-rectified set power supply is sufficient to energise those electrodes and create ions. The ions dashes with the particles in the incoming gas stream and applies an electrical charge. The charged particulate matter then collects on the plates or pipes which can be later removed using the rapping system.

Types Of Electrostatic Precipitators

There are generally two types of ESPs, namely dry ESPs and wet ESPs. What differentiates these two is the method through which the plates where the particles collect are cleaned. Vibrations or mechanical impulses are used to loosen the collected particulate matter and clean the dry ESPs from the collection plate. To remove wet ESPs, you have to rinse the collector plate thoroughly using water. Using this wet method becomes necessary when the particles accumulated in the gas streams are sticky and have low resistivity.

ESP Performance And Particle Resistance

For someone not aware of the term, ‘particle resistivity’ is basically the property of the particles that can influence the process through which they deposit or is removed from the collection plates. This is why resistivity of the particles can affect the performance of Electrostatic Precipitators drastically. Moderate resistivity is regarded to be the ideal situation when the particles can automatically accomplish some of their charges after reaching the collection plate. This prevents the inhibition of other deposited particles and makes them capable of retaining their charge while holding them lightly on the plate.

It takes longer for the particles to conduct away their charge if the resistivity of the particles is higher. As a result, a negative charge builds up on the plate which inhibits the other deposits. If the resistivity is too low, the particles will start losing their own charge once they reach the collection plate and start attracting charges from the plate. This will make the negatively charged particles deter back into the gas stream.

Since your knowledge about electrostatic precipitators has enhanced, it’s time you start looking for a reliable company who can take care of all your ESPs needs.