Benefits of Using Precoat Filter Aid in Your Baghouse?

Monday, June 12, 2017

Your baghouse is an investment in your operation and United Process Control (UPC) recommends that you protect and pre-condition the filter bags and cartridges in your baghouse system with something that will enhance your investment. Precoat filter aid is just that.

Filter Aid

Use of precoat filter aid increases air flow and aids dust collection efficiencies in your baghouse. UPC recommends this to help maximize your baghouse investment and protect and enhance your filter bags. Contact us to learn more.

Precoat or precoat filter aid is a dry, chemically-inert, non-toxic, and easy to use powder that may be used to coat and condition the fabric filters in your baghouse to improve filtration efficiency and effectiveness. Think of it as an aid or enhancer to the formation of a uniform, three-dimensional, porous dust cake in your baghouse.

Precoat has a naturally well-balanced particle size distribution that promotes increased air flow and aids collection efficiencies, resulting in reduced differential pressure and lower energy costs. Use of the precoat filter aid also enhances fabric filter bag life, protecting the fabric from blinding and plugging, Clients are always looking for tips to improve efficiencies and reduce operating & maintenance costs and this is one tool to consider. Since precoat has a high melting point, it can also inhibit damaging sparks when used as a control layer.

To summarize, the key benefits of using our precoat filter aid in your baghouse include:

  • Enhances fabric filter bag life and performance
  • Protects fabric from blinding and plugging
  • Increases air flow
  • Decreases differential pressure
  • Aids dust collection efficiencies
  • Inhibits damaging sparks
  • Will absorb damaging moisture, oils, and hydrocarbons
  • Lowers O&M costs

Precoat Coverage: A Rule of Thumb
One pound of Precoat Filter Aid will effectively cover over 22 square feel of cloth with a 1/16” coating.

What About Alternatives?
Lime and fly ash have been used for years to pre-condition fabric filters. Lime is alkaline and in the presence of moisture will agglomerate, causing filter plugging and increased differential pressure. In addition, lime consists of particles of very similar shape and size, thus creating a cake that is dense and compact, which will result in higher air flow resistance.

Because lime has a heavier bulk density than our precoat filter aid, it will only cover 3 square feet of cloth per pound, thus requiring large amounts to complete the job.

Fly ash is also heavier in bulk density than our precoat filter aid and is also abrasive. Depending on the type of fly ash purchased, it can range from being extremely acidic to highly basic. Fly ash is extremely heavy and may even fall off the fabric filter while under pressure. This means that most the “aid” will end up in the hopper instead of on the fabric.

Compared to our precoat filter aid, fly ash will only cover 4 square feet of cloth per pound, hardly giving an economical advantage.

A Handy Usage Formula and Usage Example for a Pulse Jet Baghouse
The precoat-to-cloth ratio is 0.042 lbs. of precoat per square foot of cloth.

Example: The collector has 1680 bags. Each bag is 6” x 169”

Calculation:

  • (6 * π) *169 = 3185 square inches/bag
  • 1 square foot = 144 square inches
  • 3185 square inches per bag/ 144 square inches per foot = 22.12 square ft. per bag
  • 12 square feet per bag * 1680 bags = 37,162 square feet of cloth for the baghouse system
  • 37,162 square feet of cloth * .042 lbs of Precoat per square foot of cloth = 1561 lbs. of Precoat Filter Aid needed to treat this Pulse Jet baghouse.

UPC’s baghouse experts will help you with these and other tips to operate an efficient, cost-effective and compliant baghouse.

Contact us or call us at 908.704.0330 and talk to our industry-leading sales and service experts to request a quote on precoat filter aid, and our Baghouse Maintenance & Repair services, preventative maintenance programs, and filter media options. Let our experts help you in improving baghouse efficiency and effectiveness and meeting and maintaining compliance.