Using Ultrasound to Minimize Mineral Depositions in Boreholes

Tuesday, December 4, 2018: 11:40 a.m.
N119/120 (Las Vegas Convention Center)
Koen Kinsbergen , Pure Water Technologies Ltd., Antwerp, Belgium
Mieke Harteel , Harsonic, Brussels, Belgium

The use of low-powered ultrasound devices has proven to be efficient in the permanent removal of biofilm in pipelines. The efficiency of technology in stopping the bacterial induced processes which lead to Iron and Manganese deposits in boreholes can now be demonstrated. By eradicating the biofilm matrix, the bacterial propagation stopped. As a result of this cessation, the bacterial oxidation reactions leading to the deposits of Iron and Manganese also ended. It is now possible to avoid the buildup of sediments in borehole pumps and their exit lines while keeping the pumps running at their optimal performance, resulting in less maintenance and reduced power consumption.
Koen Kinsbergen, Pure Water Technologies Ltd., Antwerp, Belgium
Koen Kinsbergen, a chemical engineer; is a specialist and co-developer of fully integrated pipeline inspection and rehabilitaton prioritization models for water utilities. Koen’s specialties are water pipeline management and water loss management; including experiences in transport insurance, finance, electronics and data base construction. In 2002 he was working on asset management activities for water utilities in South Africa and Europe, investigating and rehabiliting large-diameter pipelines. He is also the developer of a few new non-destructing testing pipeline inspection and asset management strategies for large- diameter pipelines. Presently Koen is presently, the Director for Asset Management Solutions of Pure Technologies Ltd and the Managing Director of Asia Pure Technologies Ltd. Pure Technologies is a world leader in the development and application of innovative technologies for inspection, monitoring and management of physical infrastructure including water and hydrocarbon pipelines, buildings and bridges.


Mieke Harteel, Harsonic, Brussels, Belgium