Definition - What does Hydrocyclone mean?
A hydrocyclone is a density-based separation device that uses fluid pressure to generate centrifugal forces and a fluid pattern. It is used to separate solid particles from a liquid or mixture medium. Hydrocyclones may be prone to corrosion and wear and tear due to regular operations.
Corrosionpedia explains Hydrocyclone
Hydrocyclones operate on the chemical and physical differences that are present within the fluid feed mixture being separated. For example, in industrial steel-making coal processing, coal ore slurry is passed through cyclones to better separate larger particles from finer coal-laced particles. These particles or droplets must have a sufficient differential density relative to the medium in order to achieve separation.
The traditional hydrocyclone consists of a cylindrical chamber connected to a conical body that leads to a bottom outlet at the apex of the cone.