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The following books have been authored or co-authored by Steve Tarleton and can be ordered directly from the publishers via the button links provided.  Illustrations, practical advice and worked examples are presented throughout the books.  Many of the technologies and theories described have been incorporated into the companion Filter Design Software.

Particle Separations by Filtration and Separation, chapter in Production, Handling and Characterisation of Particulate Materials - Springer

This edited volume presents all the techniques and methods that have been developed by material scientists, chemists, chemical engineers and physicists for the commercial production of particulate materials, ranging from the millimetre to the nanometre scale.

The scope includes the physical and chemical background, experimental optimization of equipment and procedures, as well as an outlook on future methods.  The aim of the book is to facilitate comparison of the different unit operations leading to optimum equipment choices for the production, handling and storage of particulate materials. 


1.  Introduction
2.  Industrial aspects of crystallization
3.  Wet colloid synthesis: Precipitation and dispersion
4.  Granulation and tabletting
5.  Particulate flow and agglomeration in food extrusion
6.  Comminution
7.  Atomization, spraying and nebulization
8.  Emulsification: Established and future technologies
9.  Mixing of solid materials
10.  Particle separations by filtration and sedimentation
11.  Flotation
12.  Classification
13.  Storage and discharge of bulk solids
14.  Solids transport and handling
15.  Sampling and characterization of bulk particulate materials and products

Progress in Filtration and Separation: Fundamentals and Core Principles - Elsevier

The book contains reference content on fundamentals, core principles, technologies, processes, and applications.  It gives detailed coverage of the latest technologies and research, models, applications and standards, practical implementations, case studies, best practice, and process selection.  Extensive worked examples are included that cover basic calculations through to process design, including the effects of key variables.


1.  Hydrocyclones

2.  Dynamic filtration with rotating or vibrating membranes

3.  Membrane distillation

4.  Pervaporation

5.  Liquid membrane filters

6.  Electrodialysis

7.  Magnetic separations

8.  Electric field assisted separations

9.  Ultrasonic field assisted separations

10.  Ion exchange

11.  Hot gas filters

12.  Air tabling

13.  Gas-gas membrane separations

14.  Surface area measurement

15.  Particle characterisation by image analysis

16.  Turbidity measurement

17.  Capillary suction time use and measurement

Dictionary of Filtration and Separation - Filtration Solutions

Over 1500 precise definitions of terms for solid/liquid separation, air/gas/dust separations, filter media, contamination control etc. – from Abatement and Abrasion to Zone Settling and Zwitterion – plus a list of abbreviations and acronyms.  Fully cross-referenced and illustrated by over 400 diagrams and photographs.  


The aim is to provide a source of reference for all practitioners of filtration and separation, and a valuable educational and training resource.

Solid/Liquid Separation: Equipment Selection and Process Design - Elseiver

This book provides the detailed information on filtration equipment and media which allows the reader to consider the pretreatment of suspensions, selection of the most appropriate equipment for the task, data analysis and the subsequent design of the processes involved for particular separations.


1.  Solid/liquid separation equipment

2.  Filter media

3.  Pretreatment of suspensions

4.  Data acquisition, analysis and scale-up

5.  Selection, data analysis and simulation by computer software

6.  Process design for batch separation

7.  Process design for continuous separations

Solid/Liquid Separation: Scale-up of Industrial Equipment - Elsevier

A practical book on ways to approach solid/liquid separation problems, applications evaluation of equipment or its scale-up.  The book collects together the test procedures used in different sectors of the solid/liquid separation equipment industry, identifies the types of tests carried out and what might typically be done with the resulting data when faced with a new application to assess.  The procedures described are based on established methods which are determined by industrial practice.


1.  Solid/liquid separation selection

2.  Chemical pretreatment

3.  Deep bed filters

4.  Membrane filters

5.  Pressure filters

6.  Vacuum filters

7.  Filtering centrifuges

8.  Sedimenting centrifuges

Solid/Liquid Separation: Principles of Industrial Filtration - Elsevier

In this book a comprehensive coverage of the scientific and engineering basis for solid/liquid separation processes are presented in an approachable style.  An extensive reference list and bibliography allows the reader to pursue topics in greater depth.


1.  Introduction

2.  Fluid dynamic background to filtration processes

3.  Gravity clarification and thickening

4.  Filtration (cake formation)

5.  Cake deliquoring

6.  Cake washing

7.  Expression (cake compression deliquoring)

8.  Membrane filtration

Ultrasonically Assisted Separation Processes, chapter in Ultrasound in Food Processing - Springer

This book addresses the future development of ultrasound in food processing, covering both High Power (material altering) and Low Power (non-destructive testing) applications.  Leading work is presented for a non-expert audience, so that people in industry and academia can make informed decisions about future research and the adoption of ultrasound techniques.  It will be of particular interest to food manufacturing personnel responsible for process development, engineering and research.  It will be invaluable for scientists and technologists involved in active ultrasound research and instrument manufacture.


1.  Controlling overfilling in food processing

2.  'Off the shelf' ultrasound instrumentation for the food industry

3.  Rapid determination of food material properties

4.  Ultrasound process tomography

5.  Particle sizing of food emulsions using ultrasonic spectrometry

6.  Power ultrasound in food processing

7.  Some applications of airborne power ultrasound to food processing

8.  Power ultrasound in cleaning and disinfection in the poultry industry

9.  The principles of cavitation

10.  Ultrasound: a new opportunity for food preservation

11.  Ultrasonically assisted separation processes

12.  Ultrasound monitoring of shelf life in food emulsions

13.  Ultrasound and the computer modelling of food

14.  An introduction to ultrasonic food cutting

Filtration: Equipment Selection, Modelling and Process Simulation - Elsevier

Now out of print, currently unavailable to buy new


1.  Introduction

2.  Fluid dynamic background to filtration processes

3.  Filter cake formation

4.  Filter cake deliquoring

5.  Filter cake washing

6.  Expression (cake compression delqiuoring)

7.  Solid/liquid separation equipment

8.  Filter media

9.  Pretreatment of suspensions

10.  Solid/liquid separation equipment selection

11.  Process design equations and filter cycle calculations

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