Medium screens have clear opening of 20 to 50 mm. Bar are usually 10 mm thick on the upstream side and taper slightly to the downstream side. The bars used for screens are rectangular in cross section usually about 10 x 50 mm, placed with larger dimension parallel to flow.
Fine screens are mechanically cleaned devices using perforated plates, woven wire cloth or very closely spaced bars with clear openings of less than 20 mm. They are used to remove smaller suspended impurities at the surface or ground water intakes, sometimes alone or sometimes following a bar screen. In case of surface intakes, fine screens are usually arranged with rotary drum perforated with holes and are called
rotary drum strainer
. Micro strainer also can be used for this purpose where some device is set up to clean continuously so that fine screens do not get clogged up. Fine screens normally get clogged and are to be cleaned frequently. So they are avoided nowadays for surface intakes and fine particles are separated in sedimentation.
The head loss created by a clean screen may be calculated by considering the flow and the effective areas of screen openings, the latter being the sum of the vertical projections of the openings. The head loss through clean flat bar screens is calculated from the following formula:
h = 0.0729 (V
where, h = head loss in m
V = velocity through the screen in m/s
v = velocity before the screen in m/s
Another formula often used to determine the head loss through a bar rack is Kirschmer's equation:
h = b (W/b)
where h = head loss, m b = bar shape factor (2.42 for sharp edge rectangular bar, 1.83 for rectangular bar with semicircle upstream, 1.79 for circular bar and 1.67 for rectangular bar with both u/s and d/s face as semi-circular). W = maximum width of bar u/s of flow, m