The dust removal performance of two types of modified electrode electrostatic precipitator systems was evaluated and compared with that of a conventional aluminum plate electrode using laboratory-scale experiments. In the novel electrode systems, the electrode surface was coated with activated carbon using a mixed slurry containing carbon black, polyvinyl acetate, and methanol. The modification of the electrode surface improved dust precipitation by increasing the specific capacitance of the electrode. The modification also lowered the electrode’s resistance and increased its specific surface area. The optimum electrode spacing and electric voltage supply were determined using batch-type tests. In addition, dielectric insulators were applied as a partition between the oppositely charged electrodes equipped with the modified electrode plates. Multi-layered office paper cut to the same size as the electrodes was used as an insulating material. The addition of the insulator resulted in excellent improvement in the dust removal performance by minimizing the back-corona discharge phenomenon as well as doubling the dust collecting surface. Continuous dust removal tests with the three electrode systems revealed that whereas the conventional aluminum electrode exhibited 54 % dust removal, the activated carbon (AC)-coated system showed 85 % and AC-coated + insulator system showed 90 % and higher dust removal efficiency.
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Kim, K., Kim, S. & Jun, T.H. Activated Carbon-Coated Electrode and Insulating Partition for Improved Dust Removal Performance in Electrostatic Precipitators. Water Air Soil Pollut 226, 367 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11270-015-2614-0
- Electrostatic precipitator
- Activated carbon
- Dielectric characteristics
- Dust removal