Biofouling Control in Heat Exchangers Using High Voltage Capacitance-Based Technology

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Zeta Library Collections: Technical Papers
July 2007

R. Romo, M. M Pitts and N. B. Handagama. "Biofouling Control in Heat Exchangers Using High Voltage Capacitance Based Technology" ECI Symposium Series, Volume RP5: Proceedings of 7th International Conference on Heat Exchanger Fouling and Cleaning - Engineering Conferences International, Tomar, Portugal, July 1 - 6, 2007

Abstract:
…Four different application case studies are presented in this paper in which High Voltage Capacitance Based (HVCB) technology was used to control biofouling. The applications include an evaporative cooling wall in a greenhouse in Oracle, Arizona; a cooling tower–condenser application in Phoenix, Arizona (study performed by Arizona State University under a U.S. Department of Energy grant); a cooling tower system using reclaimed industrial waste water at a wafer facility in Camas, WA; and a piping system for a major utility plant (Tennessee Valley Authority – TVA) using river water.

All four locations showed a significant improvement in biofouling control when the HVCB system was applied. Depending on the conditions of the water at each location, biofouling was controlled, while achieving a complete elimination of biocides, or with a significant reduction in biocide feed.

From the data presented, the application of HVCB treatment programs can be successful in interfering with the three recognized stages of biofilm formation in industrial heat exchangers and piping systems.

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