The Dow Chemical Co.,, Houston, has announced a water-treatment component design software product to help simplify and accelerate modeling of components, evaluate new or retrofit system designs, and plan construction of desalination water treatment systems. The company’s DW&PS (Dow Water & Process Solutions) business unit has designed the new digital modeling tool – called WAVE (Water Application Value Engine)—for use in evaluating components, as well as designing water treatment systems.

The modeling software, which is expected to launch commercially in 2015, combines ultrafiltration membranes, reverse osmosis membranes and ion exchange resins into one fully integrated tool that enables users to project accurate water quality predictions for single or multiple unit water treatment designs utilizing DW&PS technologies.

“No other supplier offers an integrated software program with the three components – ultrafiltration, reverse osmosis and ion exchange – so it’s distinct in the market,” remarks Nanette Hermsen, associate marketing director, DW&PS. “By using the calculation engine from pretreatment to final polishing, you reduce data entry steps and ultimately save time modeling water treatment components to be used in a system design.”

The WAVE technology uses a powerful hydraulic modeling calculation engine which Dow says improves the accuracy of the model compared to previous technology. According to the company, WAVE capabilities help engineers and original equipment manufacturers configure water treatment components better and faster through integrating all DW&PS technologies into one tool, allowing for easier iterations as the design process proceeds. The WAVE tool also promises to deliver accurate water quality predictions for multiple components simultaneously – reducing calculation errors and data re-entry from one calculation tool to another.

The new water modeling program will be hosted on an IBM cloud platform which will allow users to operate the tool on a variety of devices: both Windows and Mac computers, tablets, and even mobile devices (Apple iOS/Android). And, explains Hermsen, “The intuitive buttons and graphic-based, drag-and-drop interface allows users to design with ease, adjust variables and add processes as they configure the exact water treatment system they need.”

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