Investigation of the quality of water treated by magnetic fields

McMahon, Craig Andrew (2009) Investigation of the quality of water treated by magnetic fields. [USQ Project]

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Passing water through a magnetic field has been claimed to improve chemical, physical and bacteriological quality of water in many different applications. Although the treatment
process has been used for decades, it still remains in the realms of pseudoscience. If the claims of treating water with magnets are true, the process offers improvements on many of our applications of water in today's world.
A large number of peer reviewed journal articles have reported contradictory claims about the treatment. Some of the most beneficial claimed water applications from magnetically treated water include improvement in scale reduction in pipes and enhanced crop yields with reduced
water usage. Today we are still unsure whether the technology works and those who do believe it works are still trying to understand the mechanisms of how it works.
Many research papers are starting to develop similar theories behind the mechanism of the treatment. From previous studies, it has been determined that the most successful MTD's are those with alternating poles.
The majority of the experiments performed during this research were determined to have insufficient controls to produce conclusive results. The conclusions from this research were focused on designing improved experiments to provide more conclusive results.
A theory was developed to explain the MTD's mechanisms of scale reduction. While the experimental results were not conclusive, the results attained backed the theory.
Magnetically treated water does not do all that it is claimed it does. However, some of the positive results obtained during this research suggest that the improved experiments developed from this research may provide conclusive results on this controversial topic.

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Item Type: USQ Project
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Supervisors: Frank Bullen
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2010 01:59
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2013 05:18
Uncontrolled Keywords: water quality; magnetic fields; water treatment; MTDs
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0904 Chemical Engineering > 090410 Water Treatment Processes
09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090508 Water Quality Engineering
02 Physical Sciences > 0299 Other Physical Sciences > 029901 Biological Physics
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4004 Chemical engineering > 400411 Water treatment processes
40 ENGINEERING > 4004 Chemical engineering > 400499 Chemical engineering not elsewhere classified
51 PHYSICAL SCIENCES > 5105 Medical and biological physics > 510501 Biological physics
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering

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