GE Provides Water Treatment For Chinese Chemical Plant

GE Provides Water Treatment For Chinese Chemical Plant | Flowmetrics

GE is taking over waste-water treatment processes for a Chinese coal-to-chemical plant in light of new regulations. The goal of this project is to eliminate any liquid discharge and allow the plant to reuse all water for production.

Under China’s new regulations, including the Water Pollution Action Plan, the New Environmental Protection Law and China’s 13th Five-Year Plan, these plants must eliminate the liquid discharge of waste-water into the environment, and a ZLD system must be installed to obtain a permit for these plants.

The advanced Zero Liquid Discharge technology from GE combines a vapor recompression brine concentrator and a crystallizer for cost-effective environmental protection.


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New Process Control FLP

New Process Control FLP | Flowmetrics

Dr. Babu Padmanabhan, inventor of the Fractional Lobe Processor, looks forward to the benefits of his new product. The teams expect improvements in temporal control and spatial control throughout the engineering process. The FLP removes hot spots and dead zones while retaining process continuity, by focusing on regulating input and output flows.

Greater control over the processing speed and timing safeguards sensitive input resources from adverse conditions before production.


“The FLP has also opened new, hitherto unexplored vistas in the field of material transformation owing to wide range of unit operations that can be seamlessly designed in the FLP. It has an immense potential to design, create and manufacture different types of products with highly-controlled physicochemical attributes making it a true versatile continuous processor.” -Dr. Himadri Sen of STEERLife.


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Solenoid Valves Improving Temperature Range

Solenoid Valves Improving Temperature Range | Flowmetrics

The operational temperature range for solenoid valves is increasing with the release of the new ASCO 327. This updated model is suitable for use in temperatures as low as -60°C, previously the lowest rated temperature was -50°C. The upper bound for this solenoid valve is 90°C.

This new-found lower temperature rating will result in much wider arctic and polar applications for this valve, an increasing likelihood in oil and gas explorations. Other new features include a higher spring force and a power consumption of 5.6 watts AC, and is available on a range of 37 series valves.


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Steam From Water Without Boiling

Steam From Water Without Boiling | Flowmetrics

Other projects have used plasmons to heat water, but this new test has increased the efficiency with “black gold.” A new material produced by the scientists uses gold particulates in a variety of sizes, a few “tens of billionths of a meter wide,” so small that the gold looks black. This mixture absorbs 99% of all visible and infrared light, and up to 90% of that light is converted to heat.

While the efficiency of this material is not record holding, carbon nanotubes are more efficient at converting light to heat, this material is much less expensive to produce and more readily applied to current uses of steam.


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Radar Level Gauge for Liquids

Radar Level Gauge for Liquids | Flowmetrics

The VEGAPULS 64 is a contactless level transmitter that uses radar to detect the level of a container up to 30 meters away with an accurancy of +/- mm. This level of accuracy is unparalleled and due in fact to a tighter beam angle. Other comparable radar liquid level transmitters have an average beam angle of 10°, but the VEGAPULS 64 has a beam angle of 3° allowing for better readings.


The new radar level sensor VEGAPULS 64 is not only ideal for wide use in the chemical and petroleum sectors, but also in the pharmaceutical and food industries, because of its hygienic materials and design. The relevant approvals for this sector, such as 3A and EHDEG, are available at launch. Thanks to its small antenna – the diameter of the smallest version is no larger than a 1-euro coin – it results in very compact process fittings, which means the sensor can offer an interesting alternative for confined spaces in small vessels.


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