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Low-maintenance sedimentation tank ASTRASEPARATOR®

ASTRASEPARATOR® is a compact, low-maintenance sedimentation tank for suspended solids removal in wastewater, surface water and backwash water treatment.

Advantages ASTRASAND® as solid liquid separator

➔ Compact installation
➔ Small footprint
➔ High efficiency
➔ Process integrated mixing and flocculation (if necessary)
➔ Standardized components for all necessary capacities
➔ Rigid polypropylene plate packs, resistant against corrosive media

Applications of ASTRAPARATOR®

Settling tank ASTRASEPARATOR® is well-suited for applications requiring rapid removal of sand, grit, and larger particles from stormwater, surface water, and wastewater. This sediment tank is especially beneficial in preliminary treatment steps or in situations where water with heavy particulate loads needs pre-treatment before further processing.

  • Pre settlement in wastewater treatment systems
  • Post settlement of wastewater treatment schemes
  • Settlement in physical/chemical plants
  • Backwash water treatment in drinking and process water production processes (see below)
  • Surface water treatment

How the ASTRAPARATOR® works

The water containing suspended solids is fed (1) into the inlet compartment (2) of the ASTRASEPARATOR®. It flows downwards into the tank and enters the plate pack at both sides through the inlet slots (3). The plate pack (4) consists of a number of flat plates, which are positioned at an angle. The total settling area and the plate distance are determined by the sludge settling characteristics. During the upward (laminar) transport of water (6), the sludge settles on the plates (5) and the clean water leaves the ASTRASEPARATOR® through the outlet duct (7) and outlet nozzle (8). The special design of this duct promotes high settling efficiencies. The sludge on the plates flows downwards (5) as counter current to the water flow (6). The water inlet at the sides of the plate pack promotes unhindered sludge flow, preventing the accumulation of sludge and possible plugging between the plates. The sludge is collected in the sludge hopper (9), where further thickening takes place. The configuration of the sludge hopper enables a homogeneous sludge discharge (10).

Backwash in water treatment

Backwash water from sand filters, or granular activated carbon filters, in drinking water production schemes can be reused by implementing dedicated and highly efficient wash water treatment installations. Paques has substantial experience applying ASTRASEPARATOR® tilted plate separators for backwash in water treatment.

After passing the ASTRASEPARATOR® treated wash water is low in turbidity (typical output levels < 5 NTU) and may easily be reused in the primary water production plant. Furthermore, the concentrated sludge flow will be easier to handle. Waste water discharge is minimized while overall net production of the plant is increased.


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