biofouling control Articles

  • Integrated approach for biofouling control

    Despite extensive research efforts, past and present strategies to control biofouling problems in spiral-wound nanofiltration and reverse osmosis membranes have not been successful under all circumstances. Gaining insight in the biofouling process is a first necessity. Based on recent insights, an overview is given of 12 potential complementary approaches to solve biofouling. Combinations of ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Case study - Biofouling in cooling basin

    Al Futtaim Cooling district plant incorporated the LG Sonic technology into their chemical treatment program to reduce the biocide consumption in the cooling towers and improve the water quality. The Challenge: Prevent Biofouling and Reduce Chemical Dosage Reduce chemical dosage for water treatment and at the same time controlling factors that may cause problems such as ...


    By LG Sonic

  • Biofouling Plant Performance

    The City of Clifton, Colorado, designed and built a 2.4 million gallons per day nanofiltration plant to treat Colorado river water and supply the city and nearby areas with drinking water. The plant was partially started in September 1997 with NF Skid 1. It was shutdown in the Spring of 1998 due to low river TDS. The plant was re-started in August 1998. Shortly after, Skid 1 was cleaned after ...


    By MASAR Technologies, Inc.

  • Effects of pipe materials on biofouling under controlled hydrodynamic conditions

    Experiments were carried out to investigate pipe material impacts on biofouling, at high effluent concentration levels and under controlled hydrodynamic conditions. Two velocities (0.4 and 0.8 m s−1) were used to monitor biofilm growth on polyethylene (PE) and polyvinylchloride (PVC) pipe walls, respectively. These conditions were established based on wastewater irrigation practices. A ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • YWP Weinrich perspective on RO membrane biofouling reduction

    Seawater desalination using reverse osmosis is an important part of a community’s water portfolio in coastal areas experiencing water scarcity. However, desalination using RO is expensive in part because of the costly challenges that arise from fouling on the RO membranes. Specifically, biological fouling emerged as the most poorly managed of the different types of fouling. My literature ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Biofouling & Biomonitoring: Mussels help keep Mussels at Bay

    Untitled Document Dykes, shipwrecks, junk and just about anything else submerged in water is soon colonized by aquatic animals, particularly mussels. Unless something is ...


    By Sweco Nederland BV

  • Mitigation of marine biofouling on tubes of open rack vaporizers using electromagnetic fields

    This study quantitatively evaluates the antifouling action of the continuous physical treatment with electromagnetic fields (EMFs) of seawater used as heat exchanger fluid in an open rack vaporizer (ORV) pilot plant to reduce the growth of biofouling on external rib-tube surfaces. The results demonstrate that the biofilm adhered on the treated rib-tubes was reduced by 33% in thickness and by ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Comparison of Biofouling Control in a Membrane Bioreactor Via Two Coarse Bubble Aeration Cycles

    In the membrane bioreactor (MBR) process, coarse bubble aeration is used to scour the surface of the membranes to help control biofouling. Energy required for coarse bubble aeration represents a significant fraction of the total power demand for these systems. To reduce this demand, MBR systems manufactured by Zenon Environmental Inc. operate with cyclic aeration, using a cycle of 10 seconds on ...

  • Controlling biofouling of reverse osmosis membranes through surface modification via grafting patterned polymer brushes

    Thin film composite (TFC) polyamide membranes are extensively used as selective barriers in reverse osmosis processes. The major challenge faced with TFC membranes is significant fouling on the surface, which restricts the overall purification performance. To address the fouling problem, we developed novel fouling-resistant surface coatings via polyelectrolyte [poly(allylamine ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Inhibition of biofouling by modification of forward osmosis membrane using quaternary ammonium cation

    In the operation of the forward osmosis (FO) process, biofouling of the membrane is a potentially serious problem. Development of an FO membrane with antibacterial properties could contribute to a reduction in biofouling. In this study, quaternary ammonium cation (QAC), a widely used biocidal material, was conjugated with a silane coupling agent (3-(trimethoxysilyl)-propyldimethyloctadecyl ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Biofouling by bryozoans, Cordylophora and sponges in UK water treatment works

    In recent years biofouling from native (bryozoans, sponges) and non-native (Cordylophora) animals has increased in UK water treatment works (WTW). A survey of six UK water companies and eight WTWs revealed that these taxa were more widespread and abundant than previously recognised. Primary problems related to the occlusion of underfloor nozzles and tailpipes in rapid gravity filter beds (RGFs). ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Da Lin Power Station Taiwan-HydroPath provides a solution for Biofouling in Power Station

    The Site: Seawater is used as a coolant in the heat exchanger. Since the temperature inside the exchanger was below 50°C, scale was not a big problem. The problem was biofouling. lnvestigations have shown that a layer of 250 microns thick microfouling can reduce heat transfer efficiency by up to 25°c. Microfouling also reduces water flow and increases corrosion. At Da Lin Power Station, each ...

  • Controlling Scale Deposition and Industrial Fouling

    It costs US industry billions of dollars a year to control and remove the limescale that builds up in industrial equipment such a heat exchangers, evaporative coolers, boilers, chillers and other water fed equipment. Oil wells, for example, face significant scaling problems from the highly mineralized water that are extracted with the oil. Limescale not only increases downtime, maintenance ...

  • Algae control in drinking water treatment - case study

    For the Ministry of Agriculture in Cyprus, LG Sound b.v installed 33 LG Sonic, ultrasonic devices in the Limassol water treatment plant, to prevent bad odour and taste to the water caused by geosmins in the water. The earthy taste problem persisted during summer of 2010 and various physical, chemical and biological tests were done in order to check the process efficiency, which showed problems ...


    By LG Sonic

  • Air/water cleaning for the control of particulate fouling

    Fouling of feed spacers in spiral wound membrane elements due to particulate fouling and biofouling is one of the main operational problems of nanofiltration or reverse osmosis membrane plants. Removal of particulate fouling from spiral wound membrane elements is investigated using frequent air/water cleaning (AWC). In a pilot setup two spiral wound elements were operated in parallel and were fed ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Chlorination for Dreissena polymorpha control: old war-horse for the new pest?

    The various chlorination regimes employed in industrial cooling water systems to control Dreissena polymorpha (Pallas) are illustrated. Literature data on lethal and sublethal effects of chlorination on D. polymorpha are presented and gaps in knowledge are identified. The data show that various factors can influence the chlorine tolerance of D. polymorpha, among which mussel species, mussel size, ...


    By Aquator B.V.

  • Biofilm control strategies in industrial processing waters

    Bacterial biofilms cause a number of serious problems for industrial fluid processing operations. Mechanical blockages, impedance of heat transfer processes and microbially induced corrosion result in billions of dollars of losses each year. In engineered systems, such as cooling water systems, food processing, and other industrial applications possible risk to public health and product spoilage ...


    By MIOX Corporation

  • Microbial Control and Sanitization of Membrane-Based Pure Water Treatment Systems

    Introduction Today's high technology water purification systems are designed to remove many types of impurities. One of the most difficult to deal with is microbiological contamination. Microbial growth in a water system presents two problems: it not only reduces water quality, but if left unattended, the problem can 'grow' to reduce system performance and life. Biofouling can cause a decrease ...


  • Algae and Biofilm control project for a drinking water treatment plant in Cyprus

    For the Ministry of Agriculture in Cyprus, LG Sound b.v installed 33 LG Sonic, ultrasonic devices in the Limassol water treatment plant, to prevent bad odour and taste to the water caused by geosmins in the water. The earthy taste problem persisted during summer of 2010 and various physical, chemical and biological tests were done in order to check the process efficiency, which showed ...


    By LG Sonic

  • Bio-fouling control on marine vessels with ozone

    A recent pilot study on how to control accumulation of marine organisms on heat exchangers of marine vessels show that applying ozone is both effective and sustainable. Large economic impact Marine bio-fouling, or accumulation of marine organisms on heat-exchangers for cooling systems, is a challenge in the maritime sector and has both an economic and environmental impact. Worldwide ...


    By Primozone Production AB

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