Answer: Yes, there is. TUBEdek offers better process efficiency than plate systems because the tubes eliminate crossflow and eddy currents whilst maintaining laminar flow. Speed is one of the most obvious – and important improvements. In a traditional settlement tank or clarifier, the solids can travel virtually the entire length of the tank before settling at the bottom.
It’s a very slow process, sometimes wasting several, expensive hours. With a tubular lamella settlement system like TUBEdek, particles have only a short vertical distance to travel before they settle onto the face of the tubes and slide down to the bottom of the basin. This settling path is less than 100mm so it takes only a matter of minutes for particles to be removed from the flow stream.
As the particles settle onto the face of the tubes, they make very close contact which allows for agglomeration, further enhancing the rate of settlement. Larger clumps of the agglomerated particles settle out much more quickly than individual particles in standard settlement basins.