Matrix Towers

Matrix Towers

For 75% Organic Recovery from Aqueous

Standard Features

  • Easily recovered organic
  • No air introduction
  • Reliable performance
  • Hydrophobic Matrix plates for coalescing
  • No moving parts
  • Simple, safe operation

Matrix Tower For Organic Coalescing

The SpinTek Matrix Tower is specifically designed to provide excellent organic recovery of up to 75% from the electrolyte or raffinate stream of solvent extraction plants without air injection. The recovery of organic improves the operating efficiency of the plant and greatly reduces the backwash frequency of the dual media filters prior to electro winning.

The Matrix Towers are free standing, self-contained filtration units available in a variety of standard sizes with individual flow rates of up to 2,000 gpm (454³,/hr) with multiple units accommodating higher flow rates. All vessels, packing and organic sensing probes are provided for a completely automatic system.

How The Filtration System Operates

The Matrix Tower has no moving parts, unlike other filtration systems. Aqueous enters through the bottom of the Matrix Tower and flows upward through SpinTek’s hydrophobic non-clogging Matrix media packing. The Matrix media packing provides a vast surface area for the organic in the aqueous stream to coalesce or “stick” to and collect. Additional organic will “stick” to the organic already on the plates to form larger droplets that will then break free and begin to float. These large organic droplets formed in the Matrix Tower are released from the packing to flow along with the aqueous moving upward through the packing.

Once the aqueous flow passes through the media packing it takes a reverse turn and flows down through the outer shell of the Matrix Tower. The lighter coalesced organic will continue in a upwardly direction and collect in the top of the tower. Here the concentrated organic is collected and automatically discharged from the tower for reuse in the plant, completing the filtration cycle.

Stable Trouble Free Operation

The Matrix Tower works well regardless of the level of incoming organic in the aqueous stream. Other filtration systems which rely on air flotation must be constantly adjusted to maintain satisfactory removal efficiencies. Air flotation of organic also causes potential personnel and environmental hazards by gassing off diluent into the air. By contrast, the Matrix Tower is a completely sealed filtration system. This safety measure assures the prevention of hydrocarbons escaping into the atmosphere.

Contact SpinTek directly to discuss a Matrix Tower solution for your needs.