LSU AgCenter scientists have developed a novel oil-water separator that has no moving parts. The separator relies on the principles of physics and fluid flow in a U tube. The separator uses a simple diaphragm pump to suck in the oil/water mixture (in any ratio) and separate the components with over 99% efficiency. It is a very cost-effective technique for removing oil from water because there is no need for expensive and energy-intensive components like centrifuges.
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture