Research lab selects Evoqua’s Vortis and water filtration system

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Evoqua’s newly acquired Vortis and water filtration system has been selected by a large automotive research laboratory that provides testing services for the transportation industry, including fuel and lubricant testing and protocols.

The company will supply its Vortis and cross-flow micros and media filtration system, along with the Evoqua Water One service program, to help meet its lab cooling tower needs.

Water from cooling towers attracts and absorbs airborne contaminants on a continuous basis. Typically, over 85% of suspended solids in condenser cooling tower water are smaller than 5 microns. Studies have shown that these small particles are the adherent contaminants that foul the entire water loop (including downstream equipment), reducing cooling system efficiency. Bacteria such as Legionella also contribute to this phenomenon. Removal of these particles ensures the cooling system operates as designed and at peak efficiency, reducing energy consumption and costs.

Automotive laboratory facilities rely on the quality of their water, as a result small particles found within their cooling tower need to be analyzed as they will ultimately effect the performance and longevity of the lab equipment downstream. A high amount of small particles can lead to increased fouling, a layer of particles depositing on the surfaces of the water treatment system and sensitive lab equipment.

A laser particle analysis confirmed high levels of suspended solids within the customer’s cooling tower water, increasing the threat of fouling. It was clear that a high efficiency filtration system was required to provide submicron filtration performance. Evoqua delivered a fully skidded 200GPM sidestream filtration system with a recirculation flow of approximately 3,250 to 5,000 GPM.

For this laboratory, a cleaner cooling tower will help increase the longevity and efficiencies of the lab equipment, improve the water treatment system, and reduce yearly maintenance and operational costs.

February 6, 2017

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John joined UKi Media & Events in 2012 and has worked across a range of B2B titles within the company's automotive, marine and entertainment divisions. Currently editor of Automotive Testing Technology International, Crash Test Technology International and Electric & Hybrid Marine Technology International, John co-ordinates the day-the-day operations of each magazine, from commissioning and writing to editing and signing-off, as well managing web content. Aside from the magazines, John also serves as co-chairman of the annual Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards and can be found sniffing out stories throughout the halls of several of UKI's industry-leading expo events.

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