Driessen, Maximiliaan Gustaaf (1899-1950)

Translated title of the contribution: Driessen, Maximiliaan Gustaaf (1899-1950)

Sue-Yen Tjong Tjin Tai

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Short biography of Max Driessen. As chief engineer (1929-1948) of the Central Experiment Station (Centraal Proefstation) of the Dutch Statemines (Staatsmijnen) he led research and development for the coal cleaning process. This resulted in a breakthrough when cyclones, known as a device for purifying gases, appeared to function very well as hydrocyclones, for separating particles from liquids in the loess washery. Nowadays, hydrocyclones are standard equipment in the process industry.
Translated title of the contributionDriessen, Maximiliaan Gustaaf (1899-1950)
Original languageDutch
Title of host publicationBiografisch Woordenboek van Nederland
Place of PublicationDen Haag
PublisherInstituut voor Nederlandse Geschiedenis ING
Number of pages3
ISBN (Print)9789052161631
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Dutch State Mines
  • cyclone
  • coal cleaning


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