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MeshandVaneEliminators

TYPESOFMISTELIMINATORS
TherearetwogeneraltypesofmisteliminatorsmeshandvaneAMISTCOmakesall
two.Eachissuitedforadifferentclassofapplications,eitheraloneorcombinedwith
anothertype.

Figure2:Flattenedtubeofknitted0.011
inchwirewithdiagonalcrimps

Figure3:CoKnitmesh,including
multifilamentglassfibersknittedalong
withthewire

Meshpadsandinsertiontype
Themostwidelyapplicabletypeofmisteliminatorismadeofmetalorplasticwirewith
typicaldiameterof0.006to0.011inch,looselyknittedinaformresemblingacylindrical
net.Thistubeisflattenedtoformatwolayerstriptypically12incheswide,whichisthen
crimpedinadiagonalpatternwithridgesasshowninFigure2.Whenthesestripsarelaid
together,theridgesslantinalternatedirections,forminganopenstructurethroughwhich
gasflowsfreely.Suchmeshcanefficientlycapturemistdropletsassmallas5microns
(micrometers).Foreliminatingdropletsdownto1micronindiameter,multifilament
yarnsofvariousplasticsorglassareknittedintothemesh.Theresultiscalledacomposite
orcoknitmesh(Figure3).

MeshPads
Inthemostfamiliarapplicationofknittedmesh,thecrimpedstripsarestackedtoforma
padwithtypicalthicknessoffourorsixinches.(SeeFigure4.)Rigidityisprovidedbya
frameusuallymetalconsistingofagridoneachsideandrodspassingthroughthe
mesh.Padslargerthanaboutthreefeetacrossarefabricatedinsectionsnarrowenough
topassthroughamanwayforassemblyinsideavessel.Meshpadscanbemadeinalmost
anyshape,butmostareround(asinFigure4)orrectangular.

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Figure4:Typicalmeshtypemisteliminatorpad

MistFixInsertionMistEliminator
InanexclusiveAmistcoinnovation(U.S.
PatentNumber5,985,004),knittedwire
meshiswrappedintoacylindricalcore
withaflangeatoneend.(SeeFigure5.)
MistFixmisteliminatorsextendvertically
intoavesselfromthevaporexitnozzle.
Asreplacementsorsubstitutesforpads,
theygreatlyspeedturnaroundtime,avoid
entryofhazardousvessels,andeliminate
theneedforvesselcuttingwherethereis
noaccessport.Theyareideallysuitedfor
existingvesselsthatdonothavemist
eliminators.

Figure5:MistFixinsertionmist
eliminator

VanePacks
Alsoknownaschevronorplatetype,vanemisteliminatorsconsistofcloselyspaced
corrugatedplatesthatforcemistladengastofollowserpentinepaths.Thesedevicesare
generallynotefficientformistdropletssmallerthanabout20microns,buttheyare
sturdierthanmeshpadsandimposelesspressuredrop.Vanearrayscanbemounted
horizontallyorvertically.Theyarepreferredinapplicationsinvolvinghighvaporvelocities,
lowavailablepressuredrop,viscousorfoamingliquids,lodgingorcakingofsolids,slugsof
liquid,orviolentupsets.Likemeshpads,vaneunitsareusuallyroundorrectangular.They
aresometimesusedincombinationwithmeshpadsforoptimumperformanceinspecial
situations.Amistcos
standardvanes(frontcover)areavailableinmetalorplasticsandhavevariousblade
spacingsandprofiles.Forspecialrequirements,Amistcoalsosuppliescurvedvanessuchas
thenonmetallicvarietyshowninFigure6.

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Figure6:Misteliminatorwithcurvednonmetallicvanes

DoublePocketVanes
Amistcoshighperformancedoublepocket
vanes(Figure7)canoperateathigher
capacityandhigherefficiencythan
conventionalvanes.Thedesignfeatures
liquidpocketsthatpreventre
entrainmentoftheseparatedliquid
droplets.Thishelpsincreasethecapacity
uptotwicethatofconventionalvanes.
Thehighergasvelocitiesalsohelpin
obtaining100%removalof8micron
droplets.
Figure7:TopedgeofAmistcodouble
pocketvaneunit

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