Short Courses

Short Courses

The 13th World Filtration Congress will begin with a selection of short courses conducted on a variety of Filtration & Separation topics. Short courses are 4 hours and instructed by leading experts in the field. Educational opportunities on these topics are difficult to find, especially with the level of expertise that you will receive at WFC 13. Upon completion, attendees receive certificates of completion and earn CEU credit. To learn additional information on short courses, click on the session title. Short courses may be cancelled one month in advance if registration for the course is low. Registrants who receive notification of cancellation may select another short course or receive a full refund for the course only.

Introduction to Solid/Liquid Separation I - Principles

This course is to introduce the basics of solid/liquid separation (or called liquid filtration) from industrial application perspective. Practical information and examples will be used to relate to fundamentals. It is designed for people who are new to the filtration industry either in technical, sales, or business functions. It is also a very good course for those who have been in this industry for a while to get a better understandings of correlating fundamentals to practical applications. With the wide spectrum of solids/liquid separation technology and to meet audience's interests, this course is designed into two parts, I & II. Each part can be taken independently but it is recommended to take both.

In part I, simple underlining principles of key solid/liquid separation technologies, liquid filter media types and selection criteria will be presented. Technologies to improve filtration and separation such as filter aid, coagulation and flocculation are also part of the curriculum.

Course Outline

  • Introduction
  • Particles and Liquid Properties
  • Principles of Solid/Liquid Separation
  • Liquid Filtration Media
  • Pretreatment
    • Filter Aids
    • Coagulation & Flocculation

Instructor Bios

Wu Chen

Dr. Wu Chen is a Principal Research Scientist at the Dow Chemical Company. He has 30 years of industrial experience in solid/liquid separation and air/gas filtration, both technologies and filtration markets. He also has expertise in project management, process design, bio-separation and membrane processes.

He has been teaching this course in numerous organizations and countries for over 20 years. He is currently the chair of AFS Education Committee and the coordinator of AFS short courses. He has served as the chair of AFS, board of directors, conference chairs, local chapter officers and various committees member in the past. His was awarded AFS Frank Tiller Award in 2002, AFS Well Shoemaker Award in 2005 and Fellow Member Award in 2010.

Wenping Li

Dr. Wenping Li is the R&D Director of Agrilectric Research Company and is in charge of product development and application, product quality and filtration lab management. She has 20 years of practical industrial filtration experience. Before joining Agrilectric, she worked with Prof. Frank M. Tiller, the father of modern filtration theory, at the University of Houston from which she built in depth understanding of fundamentals in filtration. She has 2 patents, over 40 publications, including contributions to filtration sections in Perry’s Chemical Engineers’ Handbook and Albright Chemical Engineering Handbook.
Wenping had served as the AFS chair in 2012. She had also served as AFS Board member, AFS Southwest Chapter officer and AFS conferences Co-Chairs and moderators. She is currently a AFS Board member, Scientific Committee member, and has been AFS Student Poster Competition Chair for over 5 years.

Chris Wallace

Chris Wallace is the Vice President of Technology for Filtration Technology Corporation (FTC) in Houston, TX. Since he joined FTC in 2003, he has been involved in production engineering, application engineering, research and development, and technical sales of filtration and separation products for liquid/solid, gas/solid, liquid/liquid, and gas/liquid applications. He holds a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Tulane University. Chris is actively involved in the American Filtration and Separation Society (AFS). He served as chairman of the AFS in 2014-2015. He was President of the SW Chapter in 2010-2012 and was on the Board of Directors in 2016-2018. He is currently a member of the Corporate Sponsors Committee, on the advisory committee for the SW Chapter, co-instructor of the Introduction to Liquid Filtration course for the society and will be on the board of directors for the 2019-2021 term.

Introduction to Solid/Liquid Separation II - Equipment, Operation and Testing

This course is to introduce the basics of solid/liquid separation (or called liquid filtration) from industrial application perspective. Practical information and examples will be used to relate to fundamentals. It is designed for people who are new to the filtration industry either in technical, sales, or business functions. It is also a very good course for those who have been in this industry for a while to get a better understandings of correlating fundamentals to practical applications. With the wide spectrum of solids/liquid separation technology and to meet audience's interests, this course is designed into two parts, I & II. Each part can be taken independently but it is recommended to take both.

In part II, key types of solid/liquid separation equipment will be discussed individually, including all types of filters, gravity settlers and centrifugal separators will be discussed. Basic operation principles, application guidelines and simple testing and evaluation methods are presented.

Course Outline

  • Equipment & Testing Methods
    • Straining Equipment
    • Cake Filtration Equipment
    • Depth Filtration Equipment
    • Membrane Filtration Equipment
    • Gravity Settling Equipment
    • Centrifugal Separation Equipment

Instructor Bios

Wu Chen

Dr. Wu Chen is a Principal Research Scientist at the Dow Chemical Company. He has 30 years of industrial experience in solid/liquid separation and air/gas filtration, both technologies and filtration markets. He also has expertise in project management, process design, bio-separation and membrane processes.

He has been teaching this course in numerous organizations and countries for over 20 years. He is currently the chair of AFS Education Committee and the coordinator of AFS short courses. He has served as the chair of AFS, board of directors, conference chairs, local chapter officers and various committees member in the past. His was awarded AFS Frank Tiller Award in 2002, AFS Well Shoemaker Award in 2005 and Fellow Member Award in 2010.

Wenping Li

Dr. Wenping Li is the R&D Director of Agrilectric Research Company and is in charge of product development and application, product quality and filtration lab management. She has 20 years of practical industrial filtration experience. Before joining Agrilectric, she worked with Prof. Frank M. Tiller, the father of modern filtration theory, at the University of Houston from which she built in depth understanding of fundamentals in filtration. She has 2 patents, over 40 publications, including contributions to filtration sections in Perry’s Chemical Engineers’ Handbook and Albright Chemical Engineering Handbook.
Wenping had served as the AFS chair in 2012. She had also served as AFS Board member, AFS Southwest Chapter officer and AFS conferences Co-Chairs and moderators. She is currently a AFS Board member, Scientific Committee member, and has been AFS Student Poster Competition Chair for over 5 years.

Chris Wallace

Chris Wallace is the Vice President of Technology for Filtration Technology Corporation (FTC) in Houston, TX. Since he joined FTC in 2003, he has been involved in production engineering, application engineering, research and development, and technical sales of filtration and separation products for liquid/solid, gas/solid, liquid/liquid, and gas/liquid applications. He holds a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Tulane University. Chris is actively involved in the American Filtration and Separation Society (AFS). He served as chairman of the AFS in 2014-2015. He was President of the SW Chapter in 2010-2012 and was on the Board of Directors in 2016-2018. He is currently a member of the Corporate Sponsors Committee, on the advisory committee for the SW Chapter, co-instructor of the Introduction to Liquid Filtration course for the society and will be on the board of directors for the 2019-2021 term.

Introduction to Air/Gas Filtration I - Principles, Media, Application Segments and Equipment

This course is to introduce the basics of air/gas filtration (or called air filtration). It is designed for people who are new to the filtration industry either in technical, sales, or business functions. It is also a very good course for those who have been in this industry for a while to get a better understandings of how fundamentals can be used for practical applications. To meet audience's interests, this course is designed into two parts, I & II. Each part can be taken independently but it is recommended to take both.

In part I, key properties of air/particle systems, simple underlining principles of air/gas separation technologies, air/gas filter media types and manufacturing methods will be presented. Common equipment use for air/gas filtration in key market segments will also be discussed.

Course Outline

  • Introduction
  • Particles and Liquid Properties
  • Principles of Air/Gas Filtration
  • Air/Gas Filtration Media
  • Gas Filtration Equipment and Market Segments

Instructor Bios

Tim Johnson

Tim has a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Macalester College in St. Paul Minnesota. He has worked at TSI Incorporated for over 40 years and has worked with the Automated Filter Tester products since 1990. He is currently Senior Application Engineer in the Particle Instruments product group. He is responsible for the product applications using automated filter test equipment and components used in filter testing applications. He has served as a member of on the American Filtration and Separation Society (AFS) board of directors. He is actively involved in the American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), where he has participated in filtration standards development. He is a member of the USTAG for ISO/TC94/SC15 committee working on an international standard for respirators and ISO/TC142 on multiple working groups involved in working on standards for general ventilation filters, flat sheet media testing, and room air cleaners.

Thad Ptak

Dr. Thad Ptak has over 25 years of experience in filtration technologies, aerosol science and indoor air quality. He has conducted extensive research in the areas of particulate technology, aerosol science, indoor air quality, instrumentation for particle generation and measurement.

Currently he is with AO Smith Corporation. At this position he is responsible for the advanced research projects in air purification field. Prior to joining AO Smith, he was involved in development of new filtration applications, products and technologies in consumer product, HVAC and automotive filtration applications for several different organizations.

Dr. Ptak has published more than 50 technical papers related to the particle technology and filtration field, chaired and organized several sessions and co-chaired a filtration conference. He actively participates in technical societies and numerous standard committees.

Introduction to Air/Gas Filtration II - Media and Filter Design, Testing & Standards

This course is to introduce the basics of air/gas filtration (or called air filtration). It is designed for people who are new to the filtration industry either in technical, sales, or business functions. It is also a very good course for those who have been in this industry for a while to get a better understandings of how fundamentals can be used for practical applications. To meet audience's interests, this course is designed into two parts, I & II. Each part can be taken independently but it is recommended to take both.

Part II starts with key design considerations of media and filters for air/gas filtration applications, followed by discussions about filter performance, testing methods and various standards and they work.

Course Outline

  • Air/Gas Filtration Media and Filter Design
  • Media and Filter Performance, Testing & Standards

Instructor Bios

Tim Johnson

Tim has a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Macalester College in St. Paul Minnesota. He has worked at TSI Incorporated for over 40 years and has worked with the Automated Filter Tester products since 1990. He is currently Senior Application Engineer in the Particle Instruments product group. He is responsible for the product applications using automated filter test equipment and components used in filter testing applications. He has served as a member of on the American Filtration and Separation Society (AFS) board of directors. He is actively involved in the American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), where he has participated in filtration standards development. He is a member of the USTAG for ISO/TC94/SC15 committee working on an international standard for respirators and ISO/TC142 on multiple working groups involved in working on standards for general ventilation filters, flat sheet media testing, and room air cleaners.

Thad Ptak

Dr. Thad Ptak has over 25 years of experience in filtration technologies, aerosol science and indoor air quality. He has conducted extensive research in the areas of particulate technology, aerosol science, indoor air quality, instrumentation for particle generation and measurement.

Currently he is with AO Smith Corporation. At this position he is responsible for the advanced research projects in air purification field. Prior to joining AO Smith, he was involved in development of new filtration applications, products and technologies in consumer product, HVAC and automotive filtration applications for several different organizations.

Dr. Ptak has published more than 50 technical papers related to the particle technology and filtration field, chaired and organized several sessions and co-chaired a filtration conference. He actively participates in technical societies and numerous standard committees.

Air Filtration Market, Technologies and Trends

Course Description:

This course is designed for one to learn the basic air filtration and its applications in HVAC, transportation (mainly engine air intake, cabin air), industrial dust removal, gas turbine, paint spray booth, clean room, hot gas filtration, air purification, personal protection, and specialties. The market, technologies, emerging challenges, and trends for future development will be discussed.

Course Content:

  • Global Filtration Market
  • Air Filtration Fundamentals
  • Air Filter Media Technologies
  • Filter Products and Technologies
    • HVAC Filters
    • Air Filters in Transportation
    • Industrial Dust Removal
    • Gas Turbine filtration
    • Paint Spray Booth
    • Clean Room
    • Hot Gas Filtration
    • Personal Protection
    • Air Purifiers
    • Specialties
  • Evaluation and Test Standards
  • Market Trends and Opportunities

Instructor Bios

Christine Sun

Dr. Christine Sun, President of Filtration Technology International, Inc., is a globally recognized technical and market expert in nonwovens and filtration industry. With over 30 years of extensive experiences in both academic and industrial services, she has not only broad and in-depth knowledge in this field, but also commercial scale hands-on experience in product development. She has over 100 technical publications and patents in the related area.

Dr. Sun was a technology director at Donaldson from 2011 to 2013, and R & D Manager at Freudenberg Filtration Technologies from 2004 to 2011. Before that, she was a research professor at the University of Tennessee’s Textiles and Nonwovens Development Center (TANDEC).

Dr. Sun earned her BS, MS, and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, and the Executive Certificate from Kellogg School of Management. She received the Sr. Scientist Award in 2012 from AFS and the Best Paper Award on filtration from INDA (Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry) in 2008. She is the Past Chair of AFS (2016-2017), board member of Textile Research Journal and Journal of Industrial Textile. She initiated and chaired ASHRAE MTG-EEC (filter energy efficiency classification committee), involved in multiple air/liquid filtration standard development.

Nonwoven and Nanofiber Filter Media

Course Description:

Nonwovens are the most popularly used filter media in filtration market, where nanofibers have increased rapidly with an annual growth rate over 30% in the recent years. The objective of this course is to help you get an overview understanding on the nonwovens and nanofiber technologies, and how they are used for various air and liquid filtration applications. The new market challenges and further development trends will also be discussed.

Course Content:

  • What are nonwovens?
  • How are nonwovens used in filtration market?
  • Nonwoven technologies in Filtration
  • Filtration benefits of each nonwoven web forming process
  • Adding values by bonding, laminating, and finishing techniques
  • Why can nanofibers be so effectively used for filtration?
  • How to produce nanofibers?
  • How to structure nanofiber structures for your filter needs?
  • How are nanofibers used in filtration today?
  • Market challenges and future development trends
  • Recap and Q&A

Instructor Bios

Christine Sun

Dr. Christine Sun, President of Filtration Technology International, Inc., is a globally recognized technical and market expert in nonwovens and filtration industry. With over 30 years of extensive experiences in both academic and industrial services, she has not only broad and in-depth knowledge in this field, but also commercial scale hands-on experience in product development. She has over 100 technical publications and patents in the related area.

Dr. Sun was a technology director at Donaldson from 2011 to 2013, and R & D Manager at Freudenberg Filtration Technologies from 2004 to 2011. Before that, she was a research professor at the University of Tennessee’s Textiles and Nonwovens Development Center (TANDEC).

Dr. Sun earned her BS, MS, and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, and the Executive Certificate from Kellogg School of Management. She received the Sr. Scientist Award in 2012 from AFS and the Best Paper Award on filtration from INDA (Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry) in 2008. She is the Past Chair of AFS (2016-2017), board member of Textile Research Journal and Journal of Industrial Textile. She initiated and chaired ASHRAE MTG-EEC (filter energy efficiency classification committee), involved in multiple air/liquid filtration standard development.

Filtration & Separation Media Use and Market

Filtration and separation media is the heart and soul of every filter and filtration process. This course covers eight major categories and over twenty distinctive types of filtration media. The construction of each medium is unique with specific design and functional advantages clearly described.

The presentation is heavy with visual examples and descriptions of multiple advantages and disadvantages along with in-depth application details not found elsewhere in the industry. Market size, new developments, trends, un-met needs and future outlook ties the course together. A must attend course if filtration media expertise and market information is important to the success of your job.

Instructor Bios

Edward Gregor

Edward C. Gregor is Managing Director of Edward C. Gregor & Associates, LLC, a consulting company specializing in the creation of growth for companies having new or under-exploited technologies and manufacturing capabilities in performance materials, specialty polymers, technical textiles and filtration. He has developed several of the industries most advanced filtration media, fiber, textile, nonwoven fabric technologies with client companies over the years.

Ed Gregor is co-founder of the American Filtration & Separations Society in 1987, and has served as past Chairman in 1990 and again in 2004 and was awarded the AFS Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. Mr. Gregor is the chairman of Filtration News magazine technical advisory board and on the textile advisory board of the Journal of Industrial Textiles and Coated Fabrics. He was the co-founder and Editorial Consultant of the magazine Technical Textile Technology (T³) formed in 2002 for the North American market.

Reverse Osmosis System Design

Course Description:

The design of reverse osmosis treatment systems utilizing spiral wound membrane elements is affected by numerous factors such as feedwater quality and temperature. The quality of the permeate stream is a function of the specific design, and requires a thorough understanding of a number of design parameters.

This workshop utilizes a collaborative problem-solving approach whereby participants work together in groups in a casual environment.

Data are initially provided in handouts to give the participants the necessary tools, and then a problem is handed out to each participant. They then work in groups of 4 to 6 to collaboratively solve as many as eight problems, one at a time.

For each problem, after an appropriate period of time, the problem solution is handed out and discussed.

This course is directed towards the engineer and other professionals involved in the design, construction, operation and maintenance of reverse osmosis systems.

This course provides the participants with the tools to understand the numerous factors affecting reverse osmosis system design and performance.

Instructor Bios

Peter Cartwright

Peter has been in the water and wastewater treatment industry for 43 years, and has had his own consulting engineering company since 1980. He has delivered over 300 lectures and written the same number of articles on water/wastewater treatment technologies. He was the 2016 Distinguished McEllhiney Lecturer for the National Groundwater Assn. and is an active member of most of the water related organizations.

SHORT COURSES

MONDAY, APRIL 20, 2020

PRICING

Early/Regular/Late

Introduction to Solid/Liquid Separation I - Principles
(8:00am - 12:00pm, 0.4 CEUs)
$545/$595/$645
Introduction to Solid/Liquid Separation II - Equipment
(1:00pm - 5:00pm, 0.4 CEUs)
$545/$595/$645
Introduction to Air/Gas Filtration I
(8:00am - 12:00pm, 0.4 CEUs)
$545/$595/$645
Introduction to Air/Gas Filtration II
(1:00pm - 5:00pm, 0.4 CEUs)
$545/$595/$645
Introduction to Air Filtration – Market, Technologies and Trends
(8:00am - 12:00pm, 0.4 CEUs)
$545/$595/$645
Nonwoven and Nanofiber Filter Media
(1:00pm - 5:00pm, 0.4 CEUs)
$545/$595/$645
Microfiltration and Ultrafiltration
(8:00am - 12:00pm, 0.4 CEUs)
$545/$595/$645
Liquid Filtration Testing Basics
(1:00pm - 5:00pm, 0.4 CEUs)

Liquid Filtration Testing Basics

The Liquid Filtration Testing Basics Short Course is an introductory course on liquid filtration testing, testing methods and the standard equipment and instruments used. The course will cover filter test techniques and standards for water, fuel, lube oil, hydraulic fluids, and other industrial liquids. In addition particle characteristics and efficiency methods and ratings will be reviewed.

Learning Objective:

Attendees will leave with a broad view and better understanding of the principles and methods available to pre-qualify and optimize liquid filtration selection.

Who should attend:

Filtration Design Engineers, Filtration Product Managers, Filtration Users, Liquid Process Managers,Solid Liquid Separation Researchers, New Product Development Managers, Filter Media Developers, Laboratory Researchers, Laboratory Managers.

Top 10 Pieces of Info you will NOT get anywhere else:

  • Understanding Filtration Efficiency Terms
  • Filter Testing Standards by Industry
  • ASTM/ISO/SAE/ Filter Testing Standards
  • Single Pass vs. Multi Pass Filter Testing Methods
  • Cyclic Filter Testing Methods
  • Advanced Particle Counting Methods
  • Test Dusts and Contaminants
  • Bubble Point Tests
  • Determining Filter Dirt Holding Capacity
  • Bio Fuel Filter Testing

Course Outline:

SCOPE: To study the test methods and test equipment used to evaluate the effective characteristics of filtering media and filters used to clarify liquids.

  • INTRODUCTION TO LIQUID FILTER TESTING (10min)
  • STANDARDIZATION ORGANIZATIONS AND TEST STANDARDS (20min)
  • Industries, National and International QUALITY ASSURANCE IN TESTING LABORATORIES (10min)
  • TYPES AND APPLICATIONS OF LIQUID CLARIFICATION FILTERS (20min)
  • Types: Depth, Precoat, Cartridges, Membranes, Design and Operation Parameters, Fields of Application
  • TYPES AND CHARACTERISTICS OF FILTERING MEDIA (30min)
  • Granular, woven, non woven, membranes
  • CARACTERISTICS OF LIQUIDS & PARTICLES (30min)

Instructor Bios

Nicolas Petillon

Has worked for IFTS in filter testing center and measurement laboratory for more than 20 years
Is projet leader in several ISO committees to develop oil and fuel filtration test standards
Has given more than 50 lectures and conferences in filter testing by AFS, FILTECH WFC, IFC as well in China as in europe or USA..

$545/$595/$645
Filtration & Separation Media Use and Market
(8:00am - 12:00pm, 0.4 CEUs)
$545/$595/$645
Application of RO
(1:00pm - 5:00pm, 0.4 CEUs)
$545/$595/$645
Advances in Membrane Filtration Technologies
(8:00am - 12:00pm, 0.4 CEUs)
$545/$595/$645