Vortex - Controlled Hydrodynamic Cavitation System (CHC)
This chart was developed to estimate the treatment size that may be required. Find your cooling tons and then the corresponding system volume to estimate the size of the required CHC treatment.
Vortex CHC is the leading supplier of Controlled Hydrodynamic Cavitation (CHC) treatment systems for cooling water used in HVAC, Process Cooling, and Refrigeration systems. Combining CHC treatment with filtration and process controls improves operations and protects your evaporative cooling system while also reducing water and electrical consumption, and providing a lower cost-to-treat.
An Vortex CHC system consists of two side-stream water loops connected into the sump or basin of a cooling tower, evaporative condenser, air washer, or fluid cooler. In one loop, water is passed through the CHC treatment chamber and returned into the cooling system basin or sump. Filtration from the second side-stream removes precipitated calcium carbonate along with other debris that can cause fouling and contribute to microbiological growth. Our high-efficiency basin sweeping system directs dirt and debris toward the filter intake, maintaining a cleaner cooling water system.
The Vortex CHC solution can help your facility:
- Reduce Water Consumption
- Protect Cooling Equipment Assets from Corrosion/Chemical Overtreatment
- Improve System Energy Efficiency
- Stabilize Operations
- Manage Debris in the Cooling System
- Improve Worker Safety
- Eliminate Chemical Usage
Cavitation is the dynamic formation and collapse of micro bubbles in a fluid. The bubbles collapse through a violent process, creating an acoustic shockwave, visible light, and forcing a shift in the chemical equilibrium of calcium bicarbonate. At the point of total collapse, the temperature of the vapor within the bubble may be several thousand degrees Fahrenheit, and the pressure several hundred atmospheres, releasing enough energy to destroy bacteria.
Collapsing bubbles create a micro-jet. When in contact with a surface this micro-jet can cause significant damage.
Vortex CHC achieves Controlled Hydrodynamic Cavitation by forcing water through a pair of patented horizontally opposed nozzles. This harnesses the energy of the cavitation process and directs it into the water stream as opposed to material surfaces. It is this controlled energy that is the heart of the Vortex CHC solution for scale, fouling and corrosion control.
This time-lapse video demonstrates calcium carbonate precipitation when treated with the Vortex Controlled Hydrodynamic Cavitation technology. As the video progresses you will notice water in the tank becoming cloudy, which is precipitated calcium carbonate.
Vortex CHC does an excellent job of controlling bacteria, including Legionella. Vortex CHC is the only non-chemical technology that is compliant with the United Kingdom’s L-8 Legionella standard, which is widely considered to be the most stringent in the world.
- Elevating pH to alkaline state, approximately 8.5, through CO2 stripping.
- Eliminating the need for corrosive biocides and acids used in traditional treatment.
- Destroying bacteria that can create Microbiological Influenced Corrosion (MIC).
- Maintaining a clean system, which eliminates an environment conducive to corrosion.