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- Ballasted Flocculation System

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The WesTech RapiSand™ ballasted flocculation system is a high-rate clarification process using rapid mixing and multi-stage flocculation, followed by sedimentation.

RapiSand sedimentation is extremely fast and can be applied in a wide variety of suspended solids removal applications. The typical uses of RapiSand include expanding plant capacity, minimizing plant footprint, providing fast start-up capabilities, and providing great performance characteristics. RapiSand may be the answer to your suspended solids process needs.

Need a fast and efficient solution for clarification and sedimentation? Our mobile RapiSand units can be on site at your location within weeks. They’re available for lease, so you can contract them for only as long as you need. To learn more, use the Contact Us form to submit more information about your project or application.

RapiSand ballasted flocculation is a four step process:

  1. Coagulation: Raw water is mixed with coagulant in the first tank.
  2. Flocculation: Coagulated water is mixed with polymer and recycled microsand in each of two flocculation tanks.
  3. Clarification: The flocculated water flows into the clarification tank where the floc settles and clarified water passes up through tube settlers. Clarified water exits the system by way of a peripheral outlet launder.
  4. Separation: Settled floc and sand are collected and pumped to the hydrocyclone where the sand is separated from the solids. The solids are sent to waste and the separated sand is returned to the first flocculation tank.

The microsand has a specific gravity of 2.6 and is mixed with the polymer and coagulated solids to form a dense ballasted floc. Total flocculation time is typically eight minutes, which is a fraction of the time required in a conventional flocculation system. In the clarification step, the ballasted floc settles at rates that are 15 to 35 times faster than conventional clarification. Total detention time in the RapiSand system is typically 20 minutes from start to finish.

Rapid flocculation and rapid settling combine to reduce the space requirement by up to 90% for a RapiSand vs. a conventional clarification system.

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Features:

  • Hydrofoil mixers ensure uniform mixing in all three mixing chambers.
  • Circular rake system guarantees rapid transport of settled sand/solids to a centrally located hopper, allowing for rapid process startup.
  • Industrial recirculation pump
  • Hydrocyclone provides separation of the microsand and coagulated solids.

Benefits:

  • Small footprint: RapiSand can decrease the footprint of the sedimentation system by as much as 90%.
  • Quick start-up: Plants can be operational in as little as 15 minutes from start-up time.
  • Stable process: Handles large spikes in raw water turbidity.
  • Performance: Typical outlet turbidity is <2 NTU.

  • NTU/TSS Removal
  • Tertiary Phosphorus Removal
  • TOC Removal
  • Color Removal
  • CSO Treatment
  • Algae Removal
  • RO Pretreatment
  • Boiler Feed Makeup
  • Cooling Tower Makeup
  • Industrial Process Water
  • Chemical Feed Makedown
  • Pump Seal Water
  • Surface Water Pretreatment

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The picture shows two jar test samples. The raw water had turbidity of 150 NTU. Both jars were treated with the same dose of chemical coagulant and polymer. Then a dose of fine silica sand was added to the jar on the right. After mixing, the RapiSand floc settled extremely fast. This is the essence of the RapiSand ballasted flocculation system.

  • Hydrofoil Mixers: Ensures uniform mixing in all three mixing chambers.
  • Spiral Rake Blades: Guarantees rapid transport of settled sand/solids to a centrally located hopper, allowing for rapid process start-up.
  • Industrial Recirculation Pump: Provides reliable recirculation of the clarifier underflow to the hydrocyclone.
  • Hydrocyclone: Provides separation of the sand and coagulated solids.
  • Chemical Feed Systems: Coagulant and polymer feed systems are designed for optimum performance and efficient chemical deployment.

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