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1. WO2013010251 - METHOD FOR VALIDATION OF POLYMER AQUEOUS SOLUTIONS CONCENTRATION AND ACTIVATION IN WATER TREATMENT APPLICATIONS, AND POLYMER MAKE-UP UNIT THEREFOR

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CLAIMS:

THE EMBODIMENTS OF THE INVENTION, IN WHICH AN EXCLUSIVE PROPERTY OR PRIVLEGE IS CLAIMED, ARE DEFINED AS FOLLOWS :

1. A method of measuring activation status of a water treatment polymer in an aqueous solution and of expressing concentration thereof, the method comprising the following steps:

- supplying low activation level polymer to water to form an aqueous solution; providing a verification system for polymer activation of said polymer;

calibrating said verification system;

generating an activation target value associated with the preceding calibration step; monitoring electrical conductivity in the aqueous solution with said verification system;

correlating said conductivity against elapsed time with polymer concentration and polymer activation status in the aqueous solution; and

mixing the aqueous solution for a period of maturation time sufficient to enable substantially complete activation of the polymer, when conductivity achieves steady state and reaches said target value.

2. A method as in claim 1 ,

further including a further last step of suspending said maturing time, once conductivity achieves a steady state associated with complete activation of the aqueous sample polymer.

3. A method as in claim 2,

further including a further last step of display of progression of activation level of said aqueous solution polymer, enabling real time monitoring visualization thereof by an operator for confirmation of quality of said aqueous solution.

4. A method as in claim 3,

wherein the water treatment polymer is selected from the group comprising weak electrolytes with high molecular weight.

5. A method as in claim 4,

wherein the water treatment polymer is selected from the group comprising anionic and cationic type polymers.

6. A method of optimizing polymer make-up performance, comprising the following steps:

a) feeding water to a polymer make-up unit water tank;

b) diluting low activation level polymer into the water tank, wherein a polymer/water -solution is formed inside the tank;

c) monitoring electrical conductivity of said solution;

d) correlating said conductivity with polymer concentration and polymer activation status; and

e) once said conductivity achieves a steady state plateau, suspending feeding of said activated polymer.

7. A method as in claim 6 ,

further including a step of mixing of said solution inside the tank, between steps b) and c), wherein maturing time of said aqueous solution mixing is sufficient to enable complete activation of the polymer in said solution.

8. A method as in claim 7,

wherein the polymer is selected from the group comprising anionic and cationic type polymers.

9. A polymer make-up unit comprising:

a water tank enclosing an aqueous solution;

a polymer feeding system feeding polymer to said water tank;

low activation level polymer being supplied and thoroughly mixed in the aqueous solution inside said water tank;

a CPU;

a conductivity meter probe sensitive to electrical conductivity in the aqueous solution; said conductivity meter probe and CPU being operatively interconnected wherein said CPU continuously monitors conductivity and correlates against elapsed time said conductivity with polymer concentration and activation status ;

wherein performance of said water treatment unit is optimized.

10. A polymer make-up unit as in claim 9,

further including a display means accessible by an operator of the make-up unit and operatively connected to said meter probe conductivity and CPU, wherein real time visualization by an operator of concentration and expression of activation status of the

polymer in the aqueous solution is enabled.

11. A polymer make-up unit as in claim 10 ,

wherein the water treatment polymer is selected from the group comprising anionic and cationic type polymers.

12. A method as in claim 1 ,

wherein said step of supplying polymer to water to form an aqueous solution, is performed in a continuous fashion.

13. A method as in claim 6,

wherein said step of supplying polymer to water to form an aqueous solution, is performed in a continuous fashion.

14. A method as in claim 1 ,

wherein said step of supplying polymer to water to form an aqueous solution, is performed in a batch mode.

15. A method as in claim 6,

wherein said step of supplying polymer to water to form an aqueous solution, is performed in a batch mode.

16. A make-up unit as in claim 9,

wherein said polymer is continuously supplied in the aqueous solution inside said tank.

17. A make-up unit as in claim 9,

wherein said polymer is intermittently supplied in the aqueous solution inside said tank.