The key to the Suparator® technology is the patented principle which is explained below. Unique about this principle is the three-step separation mechanism; collect -- concentrate -- separate. This enables separating even the smallest traces of oil, without a drop of water. All with a simple, passive construction.
The sketch at the left shows a channel in cross-sectional view. Through this channel flows, from left to right, an aqueous fluid (colored blue) with oil (colored red).
A number of valves are mounted across the channel, such that the major part of the flow passes underneath (under flow) and a smaller portion passes overhead (upper flow).
The numbers in the following explanation relate to the numbers shown in the sketch above and the photos to the right and below.
The photo to the left shows an 86/320 tank in use, viewed from above, right at the Suparator® construction.
The numbers refer to the explanation above. It is clearly visible how the traces of oil on the surface are carried into the Suparator® construction where they are collected, concentrated and subsequently separated.
At 4., in front of the final oil weir, there is already an accumulation of oil visible. This picture was taken shortly after the unit was taken into service.