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Industrial Water Deionizers (DI, Demineralizers): Two-Bed, Mixed-Bed, High Purity


Industrial Water Deionizer (DI) Systems for Reducing Dissolved Solids in Water

High Purity Industrial Water Deionizers Two-Bed and Mixed-Bed

High Purity Twin-Bed DI System

Overview of Nancrede Industrial Deionizers:

  • Nancrede Engineering high purity industrial water deionizers (industrial water DI systems) are two-bed (twin bed) DI units with an acid-regenerated cation vessel piped in series with an alkaline-regenerated anion vessel.
  • Mixed bed industrial deionizers and industrial water purification systems are also available from Nancrede Engineering.   
  • SDI or Portable DI (deionization) Exchange Tank Systems are useful so you don’t have to handle chemicals or regenerations.
  • To greatly increase the efficiency of the system and reduce chemical costs, add a Liqui-Cel membrane contractor system to remove carbon dioxide (CO2) in front of the anion unit or mixed bed.

The cation resin in an industrial DI system is a strong acid type and is regenerated with hydrochloric acid (H2SO4 is also available). The anion resin in an industrial water DI system is a strong base type II and is regenerated with sodium hydroxide. The pre-engineered industrial deionizers units are designed to provide eight hours of on-line duty when operated at normal service flow rates. The quality of the demineralized water is normally within a 10-25 microohm range when influent water qualities are 15 grains per gallon total exchangeable anions or less. Operating conditions and actual influent water analysis are required for predicting more exact capacity, leakage level, and service flow duration.

These industrial deionizers (DI water systems) are complete skid-mounted units and complete an excellent high-purity water system. They require single-point utility hook-ups for economical installation and startup. Their simple DI design maximizes the efficiency and repeatability of the unit during the regenerant chemical introduction modes in order to provide a truly reliable water treatment unit for industrial deionization needs. NOTE: Where removal of silica and carbon dioxide is not required, a weak base two-bed demineralizer (industrial DI system) may be considered.

What Are Applications for the Use of Industrial Deionizer (DI) Systems?

Strong base anion resin type industrial water DI units are used in the preparation of waters for boiler make-up, process work, or where TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) reduction is required. These units work most efficiently where the TDS level of the water to be treated is less than 600 ppm. Nancrede Engineering’s SBTB units employ cation followed by anion resins in separate beds. They produce demineralized water with total mineral contents below 4.0 ppm. Actual effluent qualities vary based on chemical dosages utilized and actual influent water qualities.

Nancrede Engineering’s industrial deionizers / demineralizers remove virtually all ions from water including silica and carbon dioxide. The more complete mineral reduction of the SBTB industrial deionizers / demineralizers make them ideally suited to treating water for high pressure (over 600 psi) boiler use. The low tolerances of these boilers to mineral build-up makes the strong base demineralizer a must for low blowdown waste and savings of both fuel and internal chemical treatment. The low silica content produced by strong base demineralizers is especially important where steam is used to drive turbines. Manufacturing processes that add water directly to a finished product, or washing and rinse operations where spot-free drying is important, also use strong base demineralizers. Additional applications for industrial deionizers / demineralizers include metal plating, closed-loop cooling water, and clean air humidification, among others.

Influent waters with total mineral contents above 600 ppm usually require reverse osmosis or similar type mineral reduction equipment ahead of the strong base demineralizer. A degasifier installed between the strong acid cation vessel and the strong base anion vessel is recommended when the raw water influent contains high levels of carbon dioxide or alkalinity. The degasification (carbon dioxide removal) will reduce operating costs and initial equipment costs as the anion load is proportionately reduced. When ultra-pure quality water is required for very high-pressure boilers or electronic parts washing, for example, a polishing mixed bed demineralizer may be installed following a strong base demineralizer. Local codes may require waste neutralization of industrial deionizer / demineralizer regenerant effluent.

How Do You Determine the Proper Size an Industrial Deionizer System?

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What Are Industrial Deionizer Systems’ Standard Features?

Nancrede Engineering’s SBTB series strong base anion two bed demineralizers are designed and manufactured for industrial applications. They are rugged, pre-engineered, pre-assembled catalog units that minimize expensive installation and startup costs. They require simple utility hook-ups (raw water inlet, drain, 120V power source and demineralized water outlet), resin loading, and initial regeneration for immediate on-line service.

How Does an Industrial Deionizer Work?

The strong base industrial deionizer (demineralizer) is a two vessel system. Water first passes through a strong acid cation exchange vessel, where the ionizable salts in the water are converted to their respective acids. The water then passes through the strong base anion exchange vessel, where the negative radicals of the acids are converted to hydroxyl (OH-) ions. The result is a water containing only hydrogen (H+) and hydroxyl (OH-) ions which combine to form pure water.

The strong acid cation vessel contains resin similar to the strong acid resin used in a water softener. However, it is regenerated with an acid to convert the resin to the hydrogen form, where it can readily remove cations such as calcium (Ca+2), magnesium (Mg+2) and sodium (Na+) from the water. Either hydrochloric acid (HCl) or sulfuric acid (H2SO4) may be used, with the provision that the use of sulfuric acid requires some equipment modifications to avoid a calcium sulfate precipitation during the regeneration process. Exchange capacities range from 15,000 to 30,000 grains per cubic foot depending on the type of cations present in the influent raw water, the effluent water quality desired, and the amount and type of acid regenerant used. The strong base anion vessel contains anion exchange resin. It is regenerated with caustic soda (sodium hydroxide NaOH) to convert the resin to the hydroxyl form, where it can readily remove anions such as chloride (Cl-), sulfate (SO4-2) and nitrate (NO3-) from the water. The strong base resin (unlike the weak base resin) is also capable of removing the more weakly ionizable substances such as carbon dioxide (CO2) and silica (SiO2).

Deionizer capacities range from 10,000 to 20,000 grains per cubic foot, depending upon the type of anions present, the quality of water desired and the amount of caustic regenerant used. Raw water alkalinity is converted to carbon dioxide in the strong acid cation vessel. When the alkalinity to total anion ratio is excessive, the load on the strong base anion resin can be significantly reduced and operating efficiency increased by installing a degasifier prior to the strong base vessel.

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