Identification of deposited oil structures on thin porous oil mist filter media applying µ-CT imaging technique

October 02, 2021

Christian Straube (1), Jörg Meyer (1), Achim Dittler (1)
Separations, 8, Issue 10, October 2021: 193. DOI: 10.3390/separations8100193


The identification of microscale oil structures formed from deposited oil droplets on the filter front face of a coalescence filter medium is essential to understand the initial state of the coalescence filtration process. Using µ-CT imaging and a deep learning tool for segmentation, this work presents a novel approach to visualize and identify deposited oil structures as oil droplets on fibers or oil sails between adjacent fibers of different sizes, shapes and orientations. Furthermore, the local and global porosity, saturation and fiber ratios of different fiber material of the oleophilic filter medium was compared and evaluated. Especially the local and global porosity of the filter material showed great accordance. Local and global saturation as well as the fiber ratios on local and global scale had noticeable differences which can mainly be attributed to the small field of view of the µ-CT scan (350 µm on 250 µm) or the minimal resolution of approximately 1 µm. Finally, fiber diameters of the investigated filter material were analyzed, showing a good agreement with the manufacturer’s specifications. The analytical approach to visualize and analyze the deposited oil structures was the main emphasis of this work.

How Our Software Was Used

Dragonfly was used for segmentation and to measure fiber diameter.

Author Affiliation

(1) Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institute of Mechanical Process Engineering and Mechanics, Straße am Forum 8, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany.