Fluid Filter element 4330-01-491-4658
Separator Cartridges are employed as the second stage in filter/separator vessels. Their sole function is to repel coalesced water drops produced by the first stage cartridges while allowing hydrocarbon fluids to pass through. Water drops settle into the filter/separator sump and are not carried downstream. All particle filtering is done by the first stage coalescer cartridge.
How Separator Cartridges Work
Flow direction is from outside-to-inside. The top photo insert shows water being repelled by the hydrophobic separator medium on the cartridge’s outside surface. Hydrocarbon fluids, on the other hand, easily pass through and exit the separator cartridge. Cartridges with three different types of repelling media are offered:
TCS Teflon Coated Screen Cartridges are, by far, the most popular type of separator cartridge. With proper cleaning and inspection (see Velcon Form #1242), cost effective TCS elements can be reused over many coalescer cartridge changeout cycles. And, TCS cartridges generate considerably less static charge than pleated paper cartridges. These features have made them the preferred choice for aircraft fueling applications.