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Grit Characterization Analysis for Wastewater Treatment Plants

Incorporating grit characterization analysis into your wastewater treatment plant design is critical for optimal grit removal. Grit threatens effective treatment through abrasion and accumulation; poor grit removal leads to process inefficiencies and increases electricity costs.
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Topics: Municipal Water (Drinking/Wastewater), Aquatic Research

Fluid Imaging Technologies Announces FlowCam® Cyano for Early Detection and Monitoring of Cyanobacteria

SCARBOROUGH, Maine – November 12, 2015 – Laboratory instrumentation manufacturer Fluid Imaging Technologies, Scarborough, Maine is pleased to introduce FlowCam® Cyano for the early detection of harmful cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) in fresh bodies of water. Cyanobacteria can produce toxins which can be harmful, even fatal, to humans and animals when large blooms occur. Based on proven dynamic imaging particle analysis (DIPA) technology, the new patent-pending FlowCam Cyano represents the next-generation FlowCam platform. 

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Topics: Harmful Algal Blooms, FlowCam Technology, Municipal Water (Drinking/Wastewater), Aquatic Research

Particle characterization helps deliver uniform carbon nanotube products to customers

Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are low density, flexible, electrically conductive materials, with individual tubes having relatively high tensile strength. Nanocomp Technologies, Inc. produces carbon nanotubes in the form of sheets, tapes, powders, dispersions, and yarns. Their products are used for aerospace, aviation, armor, and flame-resistant applications.
Nanocomp’s CNTs have tremendous aspect ratios; thousands of times greater than other commercially available carbon nanotubes. 

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Topics: Industrial Applications, Municipal Water (Drinking/Wastewater), User Spotlight

Optimizing Anaerobic Digestion at Wastewater Treatment Plants

A wastewater treatment plant in Augusta, Georgia used a dynamic imaging particle analysis system to monitor the condition and presence of methanogens in their anaerobic digestion process to find a potential correlation with methane production.  

The goal? To find a way to optimize anaerobic sludge digestion and ultimately improve anaerobic digester performance in wastewater treatment plants.

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Topics: Municipal Water (Drinking/Wastewater), Aquatic Research

The importance of grit particle analysis for wastewater treatment

Advanced Grit Management, an article by Marcia Sherony of Hydro International’s Wastewater Division in June's issue of WaterWorld magazine talks about the harmful effects of grit and the importance of particle analysis in wastewater treatment plants. We like this article for a couple of reasons. 

First, it’s an important topic if your job (or in this case, our customer’s job) is to detect, characterize, and quantify grit particulate at a wastewater treatment plant. Particle size is an important criteria, but characteristics like shape and specific gravity can also affect grit particle settling velocity. 

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Topics: Municipal Water (Drinking/Wastewater), Aquatic Research