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Carbon Filters

Melissa Shea-Brooks

Carbon Filters



A carbon filter is a bed of activated carbon that works to filter out contaminants and other foreign matter. Carbon filters use chemical adsorption, which is the adhesion of a very thin layer of molecules (ex. Gas) to the surface of solid body, in order to remove the impurities. Carbon filters are also commonly referred to as charcoal filters as well as activated carbon (charcoal). The word activated may also be substituted with active as well.


Carbon filters can be used for many applications. Activated carbon can be used for gas purification, water purification, air filtration, and so much more. These filters can be remedies to groundwater and filter drinking water to allow for healthy and consumable water. As for gas purification, the compression if the carbon removes oil vapors, odor, and many other hydrocarbons that may be in the ambient air.

Industrial Carbon

Activated charcoal can remove unstable organic compounds that are released from paints, operations that dispense gasoline, and other processes. Industries that work with metal will generally use carbon filters because of their capabilities to remove organic impurities from certain solutions. Build up of contaminants can decrease the quality and injure many qualities of that company's metal. Activated carbon filters can also be found in many respirator masks.


Ozone Removal

When machines copy and/or print, they emit ozone. Most equipment have guidelines such as: space, temperature, and humidity requirements. Those guidelines reduce ozone to an appropriate level so the carbon filters can trap the ozone. Activated carbon filters are quite effective when it comes to removing ozone. Ozone is an air pollutant that decreases any air quality, inside and out. When the ozone has been emitted, the carbon filters stop the ozone from being completely released into the air around us. The filters hold the ozone in an isolated area so that the gas will not escape out of the filter, or come into contact with clean air going out.



In some cases, carbon filters work along side of HEPA filters, and the two filters can make a heavily contaminated room healthy when paired together. Carbon filters are most effective at removing sediment, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), taste, chlorine, and odor from water. From gas activated carbon can remove: siloxanes and hydrogen sulfide. Depending on the rate of the flow, the amount of contaminants extracted may vary, If the flow rate is slower, the contaminants have been exposed to the filter media for a longer amount of time than fast-flowing air or water and are therefore, cleaner.

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