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The Curious Science of Inclined Plate Settlers: A Parkson University Video

09.11.2018    /    Press release
Explore the science behind settling velocity and learn how the inclined plate settler can reduce volume by up to 80%


Parkson Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the latest video in the Parkson University video series: "Stokes’ Law and How Inclined Plate Settlers Work." In this video, we explain the curious science that is behind the inclined plate settler.

Inclined plate settlers are utilized for liquid-solids separation in both municipal and industrial water and wastewater treatment. But what makes these particles settle faster on an incline rather than vertically? And what correlation does this have with cycling and NASCAR racing?

Through an interesting experiment, we simply explain settling time and why it is reduced when the distance the particle settles is reduced. A review of settling velocity and Stokes' Law ultimately explains how inclined plate settlers can reduce volume by up to 80% and take up 20% of the size of traditional clarifiers. Additional benefits include cost savings, greater flow rates and a time-efficient clarification process.

Watch the video to learn more and to view other Parkson videos, visit Parkson’s YouTube channel. Be sure to subscribe, share, comment and look for more videos to come. For any additional information, please contact Lydia Ebert at

About Parkson University:

This educational series, created by the innovative engineers at Parkson, reviews the basics of water / wastewater treatment and is geared towards both beginners and experienced industry professionals. While there are numerous resources for industry operators, engineers, students and the public to learn about wastewater treatment, many of these sources fail to start at the beginning and teach from the ground up. This video series does the opposite, starting with the very basics and working up through much more technical subjects and the science of treatment, explained simply.