FILTERS AND STRAINERS
Miscellaneous Mechanical Components
Filters and Strainers Summary (Cont.)
A duplex strainer is a strainer consisting of two sides with a basket in each side.
Only one side is placed in service at a time. These are commonly used in fuel
oil and lubricating oil lines, where it is essential to maintain an uninterrupted flow
of oil. The flow may be diverted from one basket to the other, while one is being
If the filter or strainer cannot be easily removed for cleaning, the system design
will usually include a flowpath for backwashing. The intent of a backwash is to
flow liquid in the opposite direction of normal flow, creating a pressure that
pushes the debris off the strainer or filter. The debris is flushed to a waste tank
Normally, to establish a backwash lineup, the flowpath upstream of the inlet to
the strainer or filter is closed, the flow path down stream of the outlet is closed,
and a drain flowpath is opened. The flush source is then opened and the flow
goes into the outlet of the strainer or filter, through the strainer or filter, and exits
the inlet to the backwash drain or waste tank, carrying the debris with it.
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DOE - ANL-W, BNL, EG&G Idaho,
DOE - NE-73
EG&G Mound, EG&G Rocky Flats,
Project Number 6910-0024
LLNL, LANL, MMES, ORAU, REECo,
WHC, WINCO, WEMCO, and WSRC.