Enhancing Electrolyte Process Simulation for Water Treatment at IWC 2018

Mike Kochevar

Vice President of Sales

Water is one of the most crucial finite resources on the planet. In the industrial sectors, effective water management is key to operating safely and efficiently. Optimizing water usage and treatment not only enables companies to work cost-effectively, but it also helps them to ensure compliance, create sustainable operations, and mitigate risks that can have adverse effects on product yield. As a result, companies around the globe are pursuing new and better ways to manage industrial water.   

The International Water Conference (IWC) is an annual event whose mission is to explore the issues surrounding water management, bringing together end users, researchers, practicing engineers, managers, educators, suppliers, and contractors to present the latest scientific developments and practical applications in the field. This distinguished technical forum is designed to fuel technological advancement as well as educate attendees on current technology in a commercial-free space. Attendees are invited to collaborate with peers in a wide range of industries, participate in a variety of timely discussions, and learn about the latest water technology innovations.   

OLI Systems is excited to attend to IWC 2018 to showcase the game-changing capabilities of the RO membrane block. This year, IWC returns on November 4th–8th to the Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. With dozens of technical presentations and workshops, the event promises to provide a comprehensive look into the future of water technology.   

Enhance water treatment with process simulation  

OLI Systems is dedicated to enhancing industrial water treatment with a new breed of simulation technology. OLI modeling software is designed to deliver fast, precision insights to improve industrial wastewater treatment, enabling companies to simulate water reclamation and reuse processes for the most challenging water types and salinities. This commitment has resulted in the development of reverse osmosis (RO) membrane simulation technology.    

The RO membrane block offers users the ability to evaluate wastewater streams against different membranes in order to simulate the behavior of a membrane for a particular chemistry. OLI Systems employs first-principles thermodynamic model-based simulation to analyze the RO membrane as thermodynamically accurately as possible. However, the software can be used to screen a variety of membranes to optimize performance within a flowsheet environment. The RO membrane is utilized by the OLI Flowsheet: ESP, through which users can glean predictive and real-time insights into complex electrolyte processes.   

Attendees can schedule some time with OLI Systems experts to learn how RO membrane simulation technology can be used to optimize membrane processes and determine the ideal membrane for a given application. This transformative technology will dramatically improve electrolyte process simulation for water treatment, empowering companies with rigorous electrolyte chemistry analysis to improve the reliability and efficiency of operations.   

Discover what’s next in water technology  

OLI Systems is participating in multiple technical sessions at IWC 2018—with topics ranging from RO membrane applications, to implementing successful water treatment projects, to treating flue gas desulfurization wastewater. Don’t miss the following sessions happening on Monday, November 5th from 8:00–11:00AM:  

In session IWC 18-08, Rasika Nimkar of OLI Systems will discuss innovative technology that is required to predict scale formation, enable water reuse membrane systems, prevent failure, and other applications. This presentation will cover a technical paper by French Creek Software—titled “The Practical Application of Ion Association-Speciation Models to Mineral Scale Formation and Control in High Ionic Strength Membrane Systems”—focused on evolving water treatment practices with non-traditional prediction models and RO membrane technology.   

Mike Kochevar of OLI Systems, member of the Advisory Council for IWC, will lead a technical discussion on the challenges of implementing water or wastewater treatment. Whether these challenges pertain to design, schedule, cost, or other areas, this discussion will explore options and case studies on how to address them. Thissession in “Water Projects: Delivering a Success” will take place in room Salt River 2.   

Finally, session IWC 18-11 will explore a paper co-authored by AJ Gerbino of OLI Systems and Jeffery Preece and Trent Rogers of Electric Power Research Institute—titled “Investigation of Constituent Volatility in Thermal Treatment of Flue Gas Desulfurization (FGD) Wastewater.” This study analyzes the chemical properties of an FGD wastewater source as it undergoes thermal treatment simulations in OLI Systems software. With limited public information available, OLI Systems software provides an opportunity to understand chemical mechanisms and identify holistic solutions to reduce the overall cost of treatment.  

Don’t miss the incredible opportunity—register today for IWC 2018!   

Shaping the future of water management  

OLI Systems is hard at work developing the next generation of water management capabilities. Next year at IWC 2019, James W. Berthold, Rasika Nimkar, and Prodip Kundu of OLI Systems and Marc Laliberté of Veolia Water Technologies will present a paper on predicting membrane permeability using electrolyte thermodynamic and species transport models. This collaboration investigates a novel scientific approach that allows process design engineers to simulate and predict the behavior of RO membranes under various conditions. The approach will utilize simultaneous electrolyte thermodynamic and species transport models, chemical speciation, water coordination, and ion hydration to validate complex water chemistry analysis.   

For more information about the importance of electrolyte thermodynamic modeling, check out the latest technical brief on OLI simulation for industrial water treatment. We encourage you to contact OLI Systems to learn more about exciting advancements in water chemistry simulation! You can also visit us online at or follow us on Twitter at @OLISystems for the latest news and updates.