Little thought goes into what makes our municipal water drinkable and how our sewage gets treated. But in the field of water treatment, the process of mixing and contacting are critically important operations. Safety is the primary concern, and officials are always trying to enhance the cleansing processes. As a result, mixers have become especially important in wastewater treatment.
Because of the high mass transfer a static mixer can generate, mixers are an excellent choice for many of the processes a wastewater treatment facility must undergo. Even under changing operating conditions, the mixing effect remains constant. The energy required to continue this process is low, making a quality static mixer a great investment. Additives, such as flocculating agents, are distributed uniformly. When the values are measured, you can be sure they are representative. The mixers themselves are made of stainless steel, carbon steel, and other reinforcing agents.
Particularly effective in pH control or neutralization, static mixers can ensure that neutralization happens directly in the pipe. This means the need for a neutralization tank is greatly diminished, if not eliminated entirely. The savings on tanks as well as the decrease in energy costs and absence of maintenance typically associated with cleaning agitators can greatly reduce the overhead of a wastewater treatment facility.
In terms of sanitation, static mixers are superior in that the complete fluid stream is forced to mix. This means tanks can either be reduced or eliminated. There are no moving parts, so there is practically no wear and maintenance required. Mixers tend to be shorter and easier to retrofit into existing spaces. Static mixers are also not susceptible to clogging, so slurries do not create a problem with flow.
It is very easy to customize a static mixer to your specifications or to retrofit an existing pipeline, as they are a highly adaptable piece of equipment. Partner with Komax and see how we can help your municipality deal with the challenges of wastewater treatment.