What are Oil Separators

Oil Separators – For Industrial Processes

Whenever oil is part of a complex combination of raw materials in abundance, an oil separator will do the job of separating oil from the rest of the composite ingredients. In the Canadian province of Alberta, oil is extracted from the Alberta Oil Sands to produce enough oil for fuel and heating for nearly all of Canada’s petrochemical needs. Oil must first be separated from the sand from which it originates. This is a basic process where oil is diverged into large lined pools or tanks and then processed for fuel use in industry, business and residences.

Other Examples Of The Need For Oil Separators

Where reclamation of oil from oil spills or groundwater and soil contamination is required, oil separators trap and collect oil by use of pre-filters that separate solids or liquids, i.e., dirt, contaminated water, etc. The oil is carried to a secondary storage vessel through tubes or piping. Oil separators are also used in industrial processes where oil vapors are emitted into airstreams. These are usually referred to as mist eliminators. When oil mists enter the airstream of a process, it’s direct toward tubing or flexible hose and carried toward fan blades. Air passes through filtration media where particles are trapped and held until they become droplets. The fan blades toss the droplets to a wall and into the final collection chamber.

Oil and Water Separators

In industrial processes where water must be separated from oil, the process is similar. Oil which is heavier than water is allowed to drain into a separate collection unit sometimes referred to as an impinger. Oil and water separators are used in automatic machines that form metal parts for equipment. Removing the oil is important to maintain safety as well as higher equipment performance.


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