Whitehouse Scientific Introduces New Device to Measure Retention Properties of Filters in Compressed Air Lines

Whitehouse Scientific, a leader in the field of particle size standards, sieve calibration and filter testing, has developed a new device for measuring the retention properties of filter elements in compressed air lines. The principle of the technique is to challenge the air filter with a dilute suspension of glass microspheres, drawn through a vibrating filter under vacuum. The particle size of the microspheres passing, as measured by microscopy and image analysis, provides an unambiguous measure of the cut point of the filter. This is especially important in critical applications such as pharmaceutical processing or air and oil filters in military vehicles.

Hitherto, the performance of such filter elements could be measured only in sheet form. When fabricated into three-dimensional forms the retention properties could be seriously compromised. This is exemplified by tests performed in Whitehouse’s laboratories, where a five micron filter tested as a conical cylinder allowed the passage of microspheres of up to 130 microns in diameter.

Unique to the Whitehouse method is the use of narrow particle size distribution standards which give extremely accurate results that are traceable to NIST. Maximum pore sizes from more than 1 mm down to 3 microns can be measured.

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