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Koch Announces MegaMagnum Seawater RO Technology
By Jessica Pieciul
Nov 3, 2005
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Wilmington, MA -- Koch Membrane Systems, Inc., a world-class developer and manufacturer of innovative membranes and systems, announces MegaMagnum® reverse osmosis (RO) elements and fiber reinforced plastic (FRP) pressure vessels for seawater desalination applications. The unprecedented capacity of the 18-inch diameter and 61-inch long MegaMagnum spiral elements, housed in FRP pressure vessels, dramatically improves the economics of medium and large-scale seawater desalination projects.

The new 18-inch pressure vessel has been specifically designed for the high pressure requirements of seawater desalination RO. A prototype of the 1200 PSIG pressure vessel has been tested to 7200 PSIG, which is six times the original design pressure, and successfully withstood the high pressure without bursting or failing, which is one of the main requirements of ASME Section X for FRP pressure vessel design qualification.

The 18-inch pressure vessels will come complete with field-proven enclosure technology, along with mechanical closure and retention mechanisms made of seawater-resistant materials. This successful end-closure design is now being incorporated into sideport and multiple port configurations to finalize the imminent ASME Section X testing and certification.

For the 1200 PSIG pressure vessel development and fabrication, KMS has selected Bekaert Progressive Composites, Corp. (Bekaert). Bekaert, located in Vista, California and Mungia Spain, is the fabricator of PROTEC™ RO pressure vessels.

The development of the seawater pressure vessel represents an on-going investment by KMS in the large diameter RO product line that began with the introduction of the brackish water 18-inch
diameter element two years ago. Last year PROTEC brackish water pressure vessels were introduced, and KMS shipped its first MegaMagnum packaged RO system early this year.

About Koch Membrane Systems

Koch Membrane Systems, Inc. has been a global leader in separation and filtration products for over 30 years. A designer and manufacturer of state-of-the-art membrane cartridges and elements, as well as complete membrane systems, KMS has products that treat even the most demanding applications.

For more information on Koch Membrane Systems visit
Web site: http://www.kochmembrane.com/
Telephone: 888-677-5624
Email: info@kochmembrane.com


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