strainers are designed for temporary installation during commissioning of
new pipelines and flushing pipelines after modifications and typically
removed once the system has been "flushed clean". They are installed
upstream of pumps and other equipment to protect them from particles that
would damage them. There are three versions of temporary strainers, a "cone"
style (sometimes nicknamed a "witch hat" strainer), "basket" style ,
and a "plate" configuration.
Cone style temporary strainers can be
installed with the pointy end either facing down stream (with the flow)
or upstream (against the flow). They are typically pointed upstream with
particles tending to collect from the outer sections of the pipe inward;
orientation is better for higher velocity flow rates. If facing
downstream, particles begin to collect in the center section because the
velocity is typically higher in the center portion of the pipeline.
Since this is the same direction a basket style would be oriented, a cone
strainer might be used to maximize the open area ratio.
Basket style temporary strainers are oriented facing
down stream (with the flow) and the particles begin to collect in the flat
section. Basket style strainers have less volume and surface area than
the cone style temporary strainer and therefore a slightly higher pressure
drop; their open area ratio is typically 100-150%.
Plate style temporary strainers are essentially a
perforated plate sandwiched between two pipelines; this configuration
provides the least amount of surface area (open area ratio <100%, so a
higher differential pressure than a cone or basket style which has more
surface area), however it is also the easiest to
install and remove from pipelines because they do not need to be spread
apart very far. All temporary strainers can be mesh lined, the mesh
is always on the upstream side, meaning the force of the flow is pushing it
against the underlying support perforation, so when ordering a mesh lined
cone strainer you need to advise the intended orientation.
strainers are manufactured in carbon steel, 304SS, 316SS and monel