The Alfa Laval LYNX provides the drilling mud treatment market with a cost‐effective, reliable decanter centrifuge. Increased capacity and improved wear protection make the LYNX the best solution for the Canadian drilling industry, and the standard by which all others are judged when it comes to performance. This specialist unit not only reduces mud bills drastically, but also makes it possible to increase the penetration rate considerably.

Alfa Laval is the world's leading manufacturer of Decanter centrifuges, and has therefore been able to achieve previously unheard of costeffectiveness with the optimized design of this new unit. Alfa Laval's modern manufacturing facilities are well known for their efficient production, and have now taken tried and tested decanter technology one step further.

Specially designed to work with virtually all kinds of drilling muds, the versatile LYNX is optimized for use with the new water/synthetics based mud types, in addition to conventional oil‐based drilling fluids.

Key Benefits

  • Simple, compact and robust design

  • High efficiency in removing fine solids

  • Automatic, unattended operation

  • Low operating cost and easy maintenance

  • Reliability and long service life

  • Extremely versatile – can be used with all mud types

Technical Data Lynx 20 Lynx 40
Maximum hydraulic flow rate 50 m3/h (220 GPM) 100 m3/h (440 GPM)
Max. speeds with: (1,800 kg/m3 wet solids) 3,300 rpm (2,200 G) 3,300 rpm (2,900 G)
Max. speeds with: (2,500 kg/m3 wet solids) 2,800 rpm (1,600 G) 2,800 rpm (2,100 G)
Maximum speed 4,000 rpm 3,650 rpm
Centrifugal force up to 3,150 G 3,574 G
Differential speed range 33 & 67 rpm 2-40 rpm
Solids capacity 5 ton/h (11,000 lbs/h) Up to 12 ton/h (26,000 lbs/h)
Main power 37 kW (50 Hp) 90 kW (125 Hp)
Back drive power 10/17 kW (13/23 Hp) 15 kW (20 Hp)
Dry weight decanter unit 2,400 kg (5,290 lbs) 5,000 kg (11,000 lbs)
Operating weight 2,575 kg (5,675 lbs) 5,500 kg (11,110 lbs)


  1. Main bearing

  2. Conveyor

  3. Direct drive gearbox

  4. "Pond" of clarified liquid

  5. Solids deposited on bowl wall

  6. Tapered beach section of bowl for discharge of solids

  7. 360 degree solids discharge ports

  8. Hollow drive shaft with stationary feed tube

  9. Advanced feed inlet

Principles of Operation

Process liquid is fed into the cylindrical section, where it forms a layer ‐ the pond ‐ around the wall. The thickness of this layer is established by a series of transfer pump back to the clean product holding tank. discharge weirs at the end of the cylindrical section, and over which the clarified liquid is decanted aided by the centrifugal force. Since solids are heavier, they are plastered against the bowl wall, from where they are continually removed by the screw conveyor and transported up the conical section ‐ the beach ‐ and out through the discharge ports at the narrow end. The unit is a standard explosion‐proof class 1 div. 2, group D.

Key Benefits of Our Stands

  • Available to fit one or two centrifuges

  • Reduced trucking - no picker required

  • No matting required

  • Safe and simple operation

  • Comes with stairway and safety lighting