Pilot Plant Testing Units Membrane Filtration Pilot Plant T

The GEA Filtration Model T pilot plant is a pilot-scale plant designed for application development of ceramic microfiltration and ultrafiltration.

The unit can be configured for evaluation of separation characteristics of up to three different membrane porosities in parallel or it may be used to optimize process parameters once a particular porosity of membrane has been determined. The Model T is specially designed to allow for very precise separations utilizing state-of-the-art, gradient layered ceramic membranes operating under tightly controlled transmembrane pressure. Alternately, it can be used for more conventional ceramic membrane filtration applications. The sophisticated control system design allows for convenient manipulation of a variety of process variables including cross-flow velocity, operating pressure, temperature and transmembrane pressure making the plant uniquely suited to complex molecular separations.

Model T Membrane Filtration Pilot Plant

Standard Features

  • 30 gallon balance tank
  • Single ceramic element  housing, 0.2 to 0.5 M2 membrane area
  • Feed pump, rotary-lobe type with 1 HP VFD motor
  • Recirculation pump, centrifugal type with 5 HP motor
  • Heat exchanger, tubular type
  • Pressure indicators, feed and recirculation
  • Temperature indicator
  • Flowmeters, magnetic type for retentate and permeate streams
  • Assembled on a tubular stainless steel base with casters
  • Control panel

Unique Features

  • Designed and built to take advantage of third generation, gradient layer ceramic membranes
  • Excellent scale-up capabilities and accurate production scale simulation
  • Flexible control scheme for simple and wide variability of key process parameters
  • Automatic control scheme for continuous operation and automatic CIP (cleaning-in-place)

Operating Conditions

  • Pressure up to 100 psi (7 bar)
  • Temperature up to 180°F (80°C)
  • Flow up to 5 gpm (1.1 m3/hr)

Optional Features

  • Three ceramic element  housing with individual permeate off-takes
  • Larger module to accommodate up to 1.5 M2 of membrane area
  • Steam sterilization
  • Hazardous area electrical construction

Utility Requirements

  • Floor Space 5' x 8 1/2' x 8 1/2'
  • Shipping Wt. 2400 lbs.
  • Voltage/ph 440V, 3 ph
  • Total HP 6
  • Feed Line Fitting 1 1/2" TC
  • CIP Fitting 1 1/2" TC
  • CIP Flow 5 - 10 gpm
  • Drain Fitting 1 1/2" TC
  • Tank Drain 1 1/2" TC
  • Product Outlets 1 1/2" TC, FLEX
  • Sealwater In n/a
  • Sealwater Out n/a
  • Sealwater Flow n/a
  • Cooling In 3/4" NPT
  • Cooling Out 2" TC
  • Cooling Flow 5 GPM
  • Steam In 3/4" NPT
  • Steam Out 2" TC
  • Steam Req. Up to 100 pph, 50 psi
  • Air Inlet 1/4" POLY
  • Air Req. 80-psi, 2 scfm
  • Caster Mounted YES


  1. Listed CIP flow is not required for operation, however, smoother operation and faster flushing will be obtained with greater flowrates.
  2. Use of cooling water and steam will vary greatly depending upon specific process conditions. Steam is often used only for CIP. Listed requirements are purposely left broad.
  3. A single heat exchanger is installed, connections must be changed or valving installed for heating or cooling selection.
  4. Air supply must be at least 80 psi at all times for proper operation. Actual air consumption is limited and is used for operation of level and temperature control, and other automatic valves.
  5. Drains must be capable of keeping up with expected discharges.
  6. Several blank ferrules will be supplied with the unit. These may be welded to pipe fittings, clamped into hoses, or otherwise modified, as required to aid in hooking up the plant.
  7. Supplying power to the panel is the responsibility of the renter/buyer.
  8. Due to limitations of the VFD's, incoming voltage must be as listed. If voltage differs, use of an external transformer will be required. Depending on availability, GEA may be able to furnish one with the system. Please inquire at time of rental for further information.