Separating Emulsified Oils in Water

Separating Emulsified Oils in Water Oil can become emulsified in water by mechanical agitation and by chemical emulsification or both. Mechanical Emulsification of Oil in Water Centrifugal pumps often will cause mechanical emulsification. Also, any influent piping that is elevated above the surface of the oily water that is splashing into the tank will also cause emulsification and possible foaming. Oil that is mechanically emulsified will usually separate given enough time. Oil coalescing grids will also assist in separating the emulsified oils. Chemical Emulsification of Oil in Water Degreasers and soaps can chemically emulsify oil in water. Most degreasers and ... » Read More