Development of a Water Purification Device

Singatha Gcinamina Xaba, Lagouge Kwanda Tartibu, Peter Madindwa Mashinini

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Abstract

The world is faced with a decrease in freshwater supply and current water infrastructure is under strain to supply drinkable water. Some of the most recent designs for portable purification devices are not able to purify all the different classes of impurities. This paper presents the development of a water purification device. To achieve this, the proposed solution will purify water from a wider range of impurities including pathogens, heavy metal and volatile organic compounds. The proposed design is portable, modular, ecology-friendly and a low-cost power-consuming design. Stainless steel is the selected material for the design due to its high food grade approval. Purification is based on boiling and heat exchanger systems. It incorporates an inlet filter, activated carbon filter and outlet bio-sand filter to purify contaminated water. The research found the design to be theoretically able to remove the 4 types of impurities it was designed to. Computational Fluid Dynamics was used to conduct investigations on the effectiveness of the heat exchanger and was found to be effective.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2022 IEEE 13th International Conference on Mechanical and Intelligent Manufacturing Technologies, ICMIMT 2022
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages65-71
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781665484008
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Event13th IEEE International Conference on Mechanical and Intelligent Manufacturing Technologies, ICMIMT 2022 - Virtual, Online, South Africa
Duration: 25 May 202227 May 2022

Publication series

Name2022 IEEE 13th International Conference on Mechanical and Intelligent Manufacturing Technologies, ICMIMT 2022

Conference

Conference13th IEEE International Conference on Mechanical and Intelligent Manufacturing Technologies, ICMIMT 2022
Country/TerritorySouth Africa
CityVirtual, Online
Period25/05/2227/05/22

Keywords

  • activated carbon filter
  • bio-sandfilter
  • design
  • heat exchanger
  • portable water purification systems
  • volatile organic compounds

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Science Applications

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