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Electrical capacitance tomography keeps eye on scale

ECT gives real-time images of pipe interiors to monitor and manage process scaling.

By Jim Montague
Oct 27, 2016

While routine build-up and clogging in process applications is annoying, process scaling is more persistent, causes unplanned downtime and increases costs in many industries. It's typically composed of calcium carbonate, wax, grease or similar compound combinations, but it can also include non-traditional chemical and biological substances that can quickly clog pipelines and equipment. For example, struvite, or magnesium ammonium phosphate, often occurs on digester exit lines in wastewater treatment applications.

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