Figure 5. Typical filtration curve.

Constants C and x0 in Equation 18 have physical interpretations. They are basically equivalent to a fictitious layer of cake having equal resistance. The formation of this fictitious cake follows the same parabolic relationship, where x0 denotes the time required for the formation of this fictitious mass, and C is the volume of filtrate required. Differentiating Equation 16 gives:

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