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Fundamental operation of an electrostatic precipitator

Fundamental operation of an electrostatic precipitator

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Although the initial investigators, such as Lodge (1886), employed an electrostatic generator such as a Wimshurst Machine successfully to demonstrate the precipitation phenomenon, once the development was applied in the field, it became apparent that more electrical power, in terms of current, was necessary to ensure satisfactory particle charging such that the particles could be continuously precipitated. More correctly the process should be referred to as electrical precipitation, because with modern installations one can find rectifier equipment having outputs up to 200 kW and for large power station applications a power consumption up to 2 MW.

Inspec keywords: electrostatic precipitators

Other keywords: precipitation phenomenon; electrical power; satisfactory particle charging; electrostatic precipitator; rectifier equipment; Wimshurst machine; electrical precipitation; electrostatic generator

Subjects: Electrostatic devices

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