Urea Filter Testing

Based on industry demands, IFTS has developed a method for testing urea filters.

A vigorous experimental program lasting over two years, IFTS developed a method of continuous filtration which does not block the injection pumps of the solution in the urea filter.

IFTS’ proven filter testing expertise can benefit companies who need an urea filter tested quickly and precisely.

Examples of Urea Filters

Examples of Urea Filters

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Filtration and Separation Pilot Units

IFTS Pilot Units are used for confirming Solid/Liquid or Membrane Separation test results and can be used on-site at a customer’s industrial location.

IFTS has the following technologies available for pilot test programs:

  • Lamellar Decanter
  • Centrifugal Decanter
  • Disk Separator
  • Ultracentrifuge
  • Hydrocyclones
  • Filters with Cartridges, Bags and Candles
  • Deep Bed Filters
  • Filter Press
  • Rotary Drum Filter
  • Centrifuge Filter
  • Filters with Membranes

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People Power: Thierry Courtois, Expert In Membrane Processes

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Thierry Courtois, Expert In Membrane Processes at IFTS in Agen, France.

Thierry Courtois joined IFTS in January 2013 to develop a new department focused on Membrane Separation (PSM). He brings 25 years of experience in the field.

He is responsible for the characterization and testing of technical and economical case studies of membrane applications.

An expert in the evaluation of membrane pore sizes, this knowledge is now integrated at IFTS and is offered as a standard commercial service.

IFTS is involved in European, National and local research and development projects including the development of a full-scale water treatment testing pilot plant for municipal wastewater and drinking water production.

Courtois studied Chemical Process Engineering and earned a PhD in Membrane Filtration Processes.

New Particle Differentiation Software

An image of particles deposited on a membrane. The metallic particle is differentiated.

In order to help customers identify the nature of the particles extracted from compounds during cleanliness controls, IFTS has purchased the latest Microvision software.

This software can differentiate metallic and non-metallic particles in 95% of cases. The analysis software detects all particles observed under an optical microscope and determines the following characteristics: length, width, elongation, color, intensity and brightness.

By establishing a threshold according to the brightness and intensity of the reflected light, metallic particles are counted separately from all other particles.

IFTS Laboratory Replaces Centrifuge

The new centrifuge allows IFTS to conduct trials over a greater range of operations.

The new centrifuge in IFTS’ Agen laboratory.

The centrifuge can be equipped with six 250 mL flasks. Suspension centrifugation tests are possible with a rotation speed up to 9500 rpm. Sample preparations are also possible depending on the temperature or rotation speed.

The replacement of this laboratory equipment enhances IFTS’ coverage to provide better availability of centrifuges and disk centrifuge separators in your industry.

People Power: Hafedh Saidani, Deputy Test Manager

Hafedh Saidani joined IFTS in February 2010 as a Research and Test Engineer.

Hafedh Saidani, Deputy Test Manager at IFTS in Agen, France.

In July, he was promoted to Deputy Test Manager and works under the direction of Test Manager Nicolas Petillion. He is responsible for interpreting test results, writing reports, and handling test preparation.

Saidani is currently researching the secondary calibration bottle for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and a new submicron filter test method.

After studying Chemical Engineering, he earned a PhD in Process Engineering from the University of Montpellier 2 Sciences and Technologies.

IFTS Laboratory Acquires Pendant Drop Tensiometer

The tensiometer in IFTS’ laboratory in Agen, France.

IFTS has a new measuring device: a pendant drop tensiometer, which measures the surface tension of liquids.

The tensiometer characterizes the behavior of fuel/water interfaces over a period of time during water separation efficiency tests performed according to the ISO 16332 standard.

The tensiometer’s analysis software provides accurate and repeatable characterization of liquid/solid/gas interfaces.