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Title: The Accufloc Streaming Current Monitor

The AccuflocStreaming Current Monitor
  • Accufloc Streaming Current Monitor for the
    monitoring and control of coagulation
  • This presentation covers
  • Overview of the relevant parts of water treatment
  • Background theory of particle charge distribution
  • Streaming current theory and usage
  • Benefits of SCM usage and applications overview
  • Accufloc installation and use
  • Accufloc options and ordering
  • Maintenance procedures

Water Treatment
  • A conventional water treatment plant doses a
    coagulant chemical to cause the particles to
    stick together
  • The water is then gently mixed to cause the floc
    size to increase
  • The water slowly flows through a clarifier, or
    settling basin, to cause the floc to settle out.

  • Conventional Plant Overview

  • Typical Rapid Mixers

  • Mixer and flocculator (gentle mixer)

  • Clarifier viewed from top

  • Typical small, above-ground clarifier

Background Theory
  • Most naturally occurring particles in surface
    water are clays which have a negative surface
  • Like charges repel each other.
  • The main action of the coagulant is to neutralise
    the charge on the particles to allow them to
    combine into particles large enough to settle out
    of suspension

  • Neutral particles can bind together
  • Like charges repel

  • The double layer model explains the distribution
    of ions around each colloidal particle.
  • The Stern layer ions are tightly bound to the
  • A dynamic equilibrium of negative and positive
    ions forms outside the Stern layer, known as the
    diffuse layer.
  • The zeta potential is measured outside the Stern
    layer where shear occurs.
  • The zeta potential can be measured in the lab
    using a microscope is to observe turbidity
    particles in an electrophoresis cell.
  • Changes in ion concentration, such as pH changes,
    affect zeta potential.

Streaming Current
  • The streaming current meter (SCM) was invented
    around 1966 by F.W Gerdes. It consists of a
    piston driven up and down into a close-ended
  • It is based on the effect where the surfaces
    which the colloidal particles flow past, quickly
    take on their charge characteristics
  • The water flowing rapidly up and down through the
    annulus results in displacement of the
    counter-ions. A current flows through the
    electrodes to remove the charge separation

  • An online version of Zeta-Potential Measurement
  • Used (badly) on raw water in the 1970s
  • Started to be used successfully in the late 1980s
    and 1990s on dosed water
  • Some countries, such as New Zealand, now require
    use of a streaming current meter for the top
    grades of water.
  • Knowledge and correct set-up is important

Modern SCM Usage
  • Feedback control of coagulant dosage
  • The SC set-point is determined by jar tests

  • This will compensate for changes in the
    concentration of particles, their zeta-potential
    and plant flow
  • However periodic jar tests are required because
  • - The sweep floc effect means that zero
    zeta-potential does not always result in the best
    coagulation, the effect this has will change
    depending on raw water pH.
  • The zero SC reading is typically offset from the
    zero zeta-potential because of the intrinsic
    surface charge of the piston itself.
  • Wear and contamination of the piston surface
    gradually changes the SC reading relative to the

Relationship between SC and settled water
Jar Testing
  • You will still have to do this, although not as
  • Weekly to 6 monthly, whenever significant
    variation in raw water quality occurs.
  • Set the pump speed to the optimal dosage, then
    set the SCM so it reads zero at this point

Benefits of SCMs
  • More consistent clarifier operation
  • Reduced coagulant chemical costs
  • Longer filter runs
  • Automatic dosing adjustments
  • Reduced operator call outs
  • Better polish to the water

Suitable Applications almost any coagulant
  • Conventional plants with clarifiers. If the jar
    results have a definite minimum then electrical
    effects are significant and a SCM can be used.
  • Direction filtration plants (no clarifier), here
    the target SC is typically set to a negative
    value to ensure pin-floc forms.
  • Flotation (DAF) plants.

Less Suitable Applications
  • Plants with low turbidity and high organic
  • Plants which use a much higher coagulant dosage
    than normal to compensate for poor pH control.
  • These plants have a high coagulant dose,
    significantly above the electrically neutral
    point. For example 100 ppm.
  • Applications where coagulation does not occur

The Accufloc
Terminal Strip
Mounting plate
Body, contains cam
Body, contains bearing
Sample Chamber, contains piston
Sample Flow
  • Design of the sampling is important.
  • The sample must be completely mixed
  • Time for the water to get from the mixer to the
    sample point should be less than 30sec.
  • Sample lines must be resistant to clogging or
    fouling and easy to clean or flush
  • Recommended flow rate is 2-4 L/min, but can go up
    to gt10L/min.
  • A constant head is recommended
  • The SCM does not pump the sample through itself.

Example Installation
Controller Tuning
  • Controller tuning is critical to good results
  • PID auto tuners use at your own risk. They are
    often not well suited to this type of process.
  • Controller tuning does not have to be very tight
  • Tuning can be done by experience or by formula. A
    simple procedure is outlined in the manuals

The Displays
The lower display always shows the unadjusted
streaming current reading. Its span can be
calibrated but it will always read zero when
there is no SC. (This is not necessarily zero
zeta-potential) The upper display shows the
difference between the reading and the target SC.
This is like single display SCMs. When the target
SC is set right, zero on the upper display
corresponds to the desired coagulant dosage.
Span and Zero
  • The span setting affects both displays and
    determines the sensitivity of the readings.
  • There are no absolute units of Streaming Current,
    so the span can be calibrated to any value on any
    sample. For example 10.0 on raw water.
  • It is not necessary to change the factory default
    calibration. The span only needs to be adjusted
    for conveniance.
  • The easiest way is to open the filter drain and
    pour the sample into the top of the weir.
    Suggested 5-10 litres of raw water.
  • A sample dosed with alum will react with air and
    the SC reading obtained from the sample will
    decrease over time. Not advisable for
  • The zero point needs to be set after the span is
    adjusted. This is set on water with the desired
    coagulant dosage

Using the Menus
  • A full menu map is in back page of the manual

Some Useful Menu Items
  • Averaging. (Asec) A rolling average is performed
    over a time period adjustable from 1 to 60
  • Calibration Value. (CaLr) This is what the
    reading will be after a span calibration is
  • Should be negative if calibration is performed on
    under dosed water, or positive if performed on
    overdosed water.
  • Decimal Point Position. (dP) Can be 0.00 or 00.0
  • Set Defaults. (SEt dEF) This returns all settings
    which affect the calibration and reading to the
    factory defaults, and leaves the rest alone.

Common Options
  • 4-20mA output.
  • Corresponds to the zeroed (upper) reading.
  • The range of this can be set independently of the
    calibration range.
  • Menu items under 4-20 are reading for 4mA (Rd4)
    and reading for 20mA (Rd20).
  • Built in PID Controller.
  • Manually adjustable P and I settings. Auto/Man
    button on front.
  • Remembers its output when the unit is switched
  • Menu items under CtrL are Proportional Band as a
    (Pb) and Integral Reset Rate in minutes (Rt)

Common Options 2
  • Up to 2 alarm relays.
  • Each has an independent set-point(SP), hysteresis
    (HySt) and mode.
  • Mode can be configured as high level alarm (HI),
    low level alarm(LO) and NC fault alarm (FLt) .
  • Flushing Mechanism.
  • Uses an automatically controlled solenoid valve
    to inject high pressure clean water into the
    sample chamber.
  • This reduces the need for manual cleaning, but
    does not remove it.
  • Has adjustable interval(Int), duration(dur) and
    post flush hold time (PFht).

Ordering Information
Maintenance Cleaning
  • Contamination of the sensor and piston surfaces
    will result in slower response and drift.
  • Cleaning should be performed with a brush wetted
    with sample water. A toothbrush is ideal.
  • Do not handle any wetted surfaces, any oily
    residue may affect the reading for up to 30
  • Immediately after cleaning the reading may be
    disturbed, this will normally stabilize within 5

Weekly cleaning is more than sufficient in most
Does not need cleaning, but shows signs of wear
Really needs cleaning
Symptoms of Worn Parts
  • Zero point drifts away from where it is set
  • Large offset, but poor sensitivity to changes
  • Vertical scouring on the piston or sensor
  • Significant staining of the piston
  • Looseness in the piston
  • Mechanical slackness
  • A worn out SCM can still be useful with frequent
    attention, but why live with it?

Replacement Parts Piston
  • Piston may need replacement every 1-2 years.
  • This depends on the condition of the surface at
    the microscopic level
  • Extremely dependant on water conditions

Piston (including rod) is replaced by undoing a
bolt at the top
Replacement Sensor
  • Sensor may need replacement every 2-5 years.
  • It is subject to the same wear forces as the
    piston but is more durable and its condition is
    less critical
  • It is removed and replaced as a unit.
  • This takes 5-10 minutes in the field as the front
    panel of the electronics must be removed to
    connect the wires.

Replacement Bearings
  • Linear bearings may need replacing approx. every
    5 years.
  • They hold the piston straight and need replacing
    when it develops horizontal slack
  • Water quality affects the life of the bottom
  • They can be replaced in the field in 30 minutes.
    They simply slot into a removable part of the
    main body.

Common Issues with SCMs
  • Worn out parts causes drift and inconsistency
  • Controller tuned incorrectly. May cycle, esp. at
    lower flow rates, or be slow to respond
  • Poor sample point, incomplete mixing, easily
    blocked sample lines
  • Lack of understanding, such as expecting miracles

  • A Streaming Current Monitor (SCM) measures the
    charge of particles in water
  • A SCM will be useful for the control of coagulant
  • It needs to be set up correctly to be useful
  • The Accuflocs operation is relatively user
  • It does need, at least, a little maintenance to
    continue to be useful
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