Cole-Parmer's gear pump systems have been used for feeding spiked water at the Water Research centre (WRc)
With clients including the European Commission and UK government agencies, the WRc provides consultancy services for the water, waste, and environmental sectors.
A growing area of interest for WRc's clients is the removal of pesticides and other micropollutants potentially harmful to the environment from water being treated.
This includes conducting continuous flow tests with activated carbon (Rapid Column Tests).
Partially treated water from specific sites is "spiked" with a range of pesticides or other regulated chemicals.
In WRc's Rapid Column Tests, the flow of the spiked water is critical.
The flow rate of the water is usually low (5 to 10 ml/min), needs to be pulseless and relatively insensitive to changes in back pressure, which occur as the differential pressure increases across the carbon in the columns.
A Cole-Parmer Application Specialist collaborated with WRc to specify Cole-Parmer's Digital Drive Gear Pumps.
Gear pumps proved to be the best pumping technology for the application, as they deliver smooth, pulseless, accurate, and repeatable flow.
They can run for long periods between maintenance, making them suitable for continuous duty applications.
WRc's test rig allows the spiked water to be pumped at a fixed rate through a column containing Granular Activated Carbon (GAC), until the contaminant breaks through in the treated water.
Samples of the treated water are then collected and analysed for the contaminants of interest.
The test results assist water companies and consultants in the design of new GAC treatment facilities and provide a basis for optimised operation of existing facilities.
The test rig simulates GAC performance spanning one to two years at full scale by operating it in a period of two to three weeks at a small scale.
Due to an increasing demand for these tests, WRc recently expanded the original test facility, adding four more rigs.