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Plate Falling Film Evaporator



Ideal solution for media with a high tendency to scaling


Perfect for high evaporation rates and low-viscosity substances

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Plate falling film evaporators are one of our core competences and are characterized by excellent quality, best energy values, highest condensate qualities and above-average long operating times.

Years of design experience, automation of processes and welding know-how enable plate falling film evaporators to be globally competitive.


Plate Falling Film Evaporator



The heating elements

The core knowhow of our plate-type film evaporator is the welding of the plate elements, which have been manufactured in-house by GIG Karasek for decades. 

By using induction, resistance-point-welded heating elements are manufactured in different formats. Optimized and perfected over and over again, these welding processes are characterized by high levels of automation, high energy efficiency and high productivity.



  • Minimal contamination risk due to very smooth metal surfaces
  • Low risk of corrosion on the surface as the basic structure remains unchanged at the spot weld surface
  • No cold deformation in the weld influence zone due to special devices
  • Minimized risk of stress corrosion cracking
  • Welded edge welding brings maximum utilization of the heating surface, no gap and resilient welds as a plate finish

All this leads to very long operating times, low risk of contamination and corrosion and the highest quality of the heating elements of your evaporation plant.




Heating bundles & dimensions:

By welding the heating elements at regular intervals and integration of steam inlet and condensate collector as outlet, the heating coil is formed. The distances between the plates can vary between 19 and 48 mm. The number of heating elements and the choice of the plate format creates an evaporator heating surface, which is used to evaporate the low-boiling medium (especially water).



We currently offer four standard formats for the production of heating bundles. Intermediate formats and smaller dimensions are possible if required.

  • Concentration of sulphite spent liquor
  • Concentration of black liquor
  • Concentration of liquor of pulp production for the regenerated fiber industry
  • Concentration of lignosulfonates
  • Concentration of bleaching water
  • Recovery of solvents from the regenerated fiber industry
  • Concentration of liquor during xylose production

General application fields:

  • Recovery of solvents & alcohols
  • Separation of water, solvents, alcohols
  • Recovery of recyclables
  • Volume reduction of liquid-liquid mixtures
  • Separation of multicomponent mixtures
  • and much more.
Model & Principle

Falling film evaporators use gravity to convey the medium evenly over the heating surface from top to bottom and are therefore very energy efficient in operation.

In the case of the plate falling film evaporator, the medium is passed over the heating surface of the plate bundle (1) heated from the inside in order to concentrate and evaporate it.

Through the distribution cup (2) ensures uniform loading of all heating elements. The circulation pump (3) and the recirculation lines (4) convey the medium in a circle and is thus further evaporated.

Evaporation of the more volatile liquid at the heating surface produces vapor vapor which escapes horizontally from the plate bundle and is conducted countercurrently upwards through the vapor outlet.

Due to the available evaporator body, the resulting slow flow rate, to the medium opposite Brüdendampfstroms a very good separation of the liquid and vapor phase is achieved, which is why this type of evaporator work very efficiently and state of the art. Finally, the entrained droplets of the medium are separated in the Brüdendampf by a mist eliminator (5).

The Brüdendampf can then be used to heat the plate bundle through the steam inlet (6) of the next evaporation stage at a Mehrstufeneindampfung or be used by mechanical vapor compression (MBV) or thermal vapor compression (TBV) in the same evaporator stage for heating the heating elements.

The condensed Brüdendampf (condensate) inside the heating elements is finally collected and discharged by a condensate collector (7) at the lower end of the plate bundle.

The concentrate (8), on the other hand, is drawn off at the lower end of the vaporizer body and directed to the next vaporizer stage or the next process stage.




Possibilities of obtaining two condensate qualities

If the vapor vapor is not introduced at the top, but at the bottom in the plate bundle and Naschschaltheizflächen realized on the heating elements, so a condensate separation of foul condensate and pure condensate can be realized in the plate bundle.

As a result, volatile substances such. Methanol are separated in the heating element, as by the counter-current vapor flow up and the condensate down a stripping is achieved and accumulate the more volatile phases in the upper part of the Nachschaltheizfläche. The pure condensate can then continue to be used in the process and the contaminated digester condensate can be cleaned or incinerated.


  • Low to no soiling through self-cleaning effect and easy cleaning options
  • Good separation of the liquid and vapor phase
  • Integrated mist eliminator without separate device
  • Slow flow rates result in low pressure loss and low energy consumption
  • Low circulating pump power necessary
  • Possibility of condensate separation by secondary heating surfaces
  • Very high evaporation capacities possible (up to 700 t / h)
  • Worldwide assembly possible through optimized design of the plate bundles for standard containers
  • Efficient and fast construction


Classic operating conditions (but not limited):
◆ Dimensions: 300 – 10.000 sqm
◆ Feed Rates: 5.000 kg/h – 150.000 kg/h
◆ Operating Pressure: ≥ 80 mbar abs.
◆ Heating Temperature: ≤ 200°C
◆ Operating Pressure: -1 / +5 bar(g)
◆ Viscosity: ≤ 250 mPas