Frequently Asked Questions

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What is ion exchange?

Ion exchange is a chemical process in which ions in a solution are replaced with ions of a similar charge from an insoluble solid (called a resin). This process involves exchanging one type of ion for another, which can result in the removal of impurities from a solution or the separation of different ions.

What is regeneration?

Regeneration of ion exchange resin refers to the process of restoring the capacity of an ion exchange resin to remove ions from water or other solutions. Over time, the resin becomes saturated with ions and loses its effectiveness, so it needs to be "recharged" or "regenerated" by removing the adsorbed ions and replacing them with fresh ones.

What is water softening?

Water softening is the process of removing dissolved minerals, such as calcium and magnesium, from hard water. Hard water can cause problems such as scaling in pipes and water-using appliances, soap scum on shower curtains and dishes, and reduced efficiency of water heaters. The purpose of water softening treatment is to slow down or eliminate a series of adverse effects caused by hard water.

What is water demineralization?

Water demineralization is the process of removing minerals and other dissolved substances from water, leading to a reduction in the water's hardness. Commonly, water demineralization refers to the elimination of inorganic minerals such as calcium and magnesium ions.

How to choose ion exchange resin?

Choosing the right ion exchange resin is essential to ensure the desired level of purity and efficiency of the process. In general, the principle of selecting ion exchange resins is to give priority to the selection of resins with large exchange capacity, easy regeneration, and durable use.

What are the main components of ion exchange resins?

The main components of ion exchange resins include polymer matrix, functional groups and counter ions. The most commonly used polymer matrix for ion exchange resins is a crosslinked polystyrene-divinylbenzene (PS/DVB) copolymer. The functional groups of common ion exchange resins include quaternary ammonium, sulfonic acid, and carboxylic acid, etc.

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