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Physical Separation in Science and Engineering
Volume 2007 (2007), Article ID 70376, 9 pages
Research Article

Screen Bowl Centrifuge Dewatering Process: A Parameteric Study

Department of Mining and Mineral Resources Engineering, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Carbondale 62901-6603, IL, USA

Received 7 December 2006; Accepted 6 June 2007

Academic Editor: Wallace Leung

Copyright © 2007 Manoj K. Mohanty. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Screen bowl centrifugation process is widely used for fine coal dewatering due to its relatively low cost, high capacity of providing low-moisture content product as well as relative ease of operation and maintenance. However, screen bowl centrifuge tends to lose a significant amount of ultrafine clean coal to the main effluent and screen-drain streams. This study aims at obtaining a better understanding of the parameter main effects and interaction effects with an ultimate goal of improving the dewatering performance of a screen bowl centrifuge. A three-level factorial experimental design has been utilized to conduct a test program using a continuously operated screen bowl centrifuge having a bowl diameter of 0.5 meter. The results of this study indicate that moisture content of the clean coal product is affected by both feed solid content and the pool depth maintained in the centrifuge. On the other hand, clean coal recovery to the product launder was found to be a function of feed solid content and volumetric feed flow rate but independent of the pool depth. The interaction effect of feed flow rate and feed solid content also appeared to have a significant effect on the clean coal recovery.