What is Resin Regeneration?
Resin regeneration's main goal is to return the exhausted resin to its original ionic state so that it may be used again. Although there are a variety of guides and sites that provide information on how to renew resins, many people rely on guesswork.
This article will offer an overview of the fundamental regeneration and preservation techniques and recommendations for softeners, removing the guesswork from the resin regeneration equation.
What are various Resin Regeneration and Preservation methods?
A timed service run, total gallon throughput, or a high measure of hardness in the softening effluent define the conclusion of a softener service cycle. After that, a four-step regeneration procedure is carried out.
The regeneration of cation and an ion exchange resins used in deionizers is more difficult than just softening them. Strong acid and caustic are used in the procedure. It's critical to follow the proper safety precautions when handling these compounds and the waste products that arise.
A strong acid cation unit swaps calcium, magnesium, sodium, and other cations for hydrogen, which is the active ion. In a two-bed deionizer, the strong base anion unit swaps sulphate, chloride, alkalinity, and silica ions for hydroxide. This gradually lowers the concentration of active ions accessible. When the active ion concentration in the resin reaches a low level, the resin is deemed exhausted, and the effluent has a pre-selected high leakage of unexchanged ions, known as endpoint leakage.
Resin regeneration process
When the resin has been utilized for a long time, the adsorption capacity has been diminished, or the pollution has become severe, the regeneration must be reinforced.
1: The procedure is to immerse a 3 percent -5 percent hydrochloric acid solution 10cm above the resin layer for 2-4 hours before performing leaching.
2: Wash the column with clean water until it is near to neutral, then soak for 4 hours in a 3 percent -5 percent sodium hydroxide solution.
3: Finally, the column is eluted and rinsed with clean water until the pH value is neutral, then passed through the column with a sodium hydroxide solution of the same concentration 3-4 times the volume of the resin.
Method of preserving resin
Storage of ion exchange resin in the open air is not possible. 0-40°C is the recommended storage temperature. Clear saturated brine should be put to the packaging bag to soak the resin when the storage temperature is slightly below 0°C. Furthermore, if the storage temperature is too high, the resin will not only dehydrate quickly, but it will also expedite the deterioration of the anion resin. It is not possible to rehydrate the resin after it has lost its water. It can be steeped in a clear, saturated brine and then diluted with water to remove the salt. During storage, keep it wet.
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