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D-Velpac® Evaporator

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The feed material is metered into the thin-film evaporator at a steadily controlled rate by a Customer supplied feed system suitable for the particular feed material.

Upon entering the evaporator, the feed is immediately distributed onto the thermal wall, by the feed distribution ring, as a thin liquid film.  The descending product is maintained in a turbulent, thin liquid film by the rotor action.  Under these very favorable heat and mass transfer conditions, rapid evaporation occurs, and the vapor exits near the top for condensation in the surface condenser.

The distillate flows out of the condenser into a batch receiver.

The concentrate exits through the bottom cone of the evaporator into a batch receiver. The concentrate and distillate receivers can be emptied by isolating, venting, and draining the product with manual valves.  The receiver is pre-evacuated prior to opening it back up to the process.

Capacity of the plant can be varied over wide ranges by changing the feed rate and adjusting the heating temperature and/or vacuum to achieve the desired composition result.

Processing can take place under vacuum, which is established and maintained, by the proper Customer supplied vacuum source and control.  Condensing steam or liquid hot oil is normally used as the heating medium in the evaporator jacket.  It is important to steadily control: feed rate (and composition), feed temperature, heating temperature, and internal operating pressure/vacuum, in order to achieve uniform product results.

Features and Benefits

LCI's D-Velpac® series of evaporation equipment includes packaged components mounted on a free-standing support frame.

  • Provide an inexpensive means to evaluate thin film evaporation of your products within your own facilities with quantities approaching pilot plant scale
  • Data collected from the D-Velpac can be used to scale-up to larger sizes
  • Easy to move/locate in your R&D/pilot plant
  • 1.4 ft2 of heat transfer surface
  • Includes a rotor drive, vapor pipe/condenser bonnet, condenser
  • Options available for collection tanks for the bottoms and distillate and a vacuum pump
  • 316SS process wetted surfaces
  • Heating temperatures up to 650° Fahrenheit

Application possibilities and benefits are very broad. They include, but are not limited to:

  • concentration of solutions
  • dehydration/devolatilization of organics
  • distillation purification of organics
  • stripping
  • tower reboiling
  • solvent reclaiming
  • deodorization
  • and reaction of heat sensitive, viscous, and fouling materials.


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