International Interest in the field of Magnetic Water Treatment

Many readers will be familiar with the process of magnetic water treatment which has been employed around the world - particularly in the United States and northern and eastern Europe for many years as a means of controlling and removing inorganic scale and biological slime coatings in pipes and equipment.

A model explaining the anti-scale effects of magnetic treatment recurs in many of the scientific articles and most of the trade literature. This model maintains that the magnetic field has a catalytic effect causing dissolved ions, that would otherwise form the hard crystalline coating well known to engineers as "scale", to form small "amorphous" crystals. These microscopic crystals either remain in suspension or settle out in low velocity areas creating sediment, which is easily removed by normal blow-down procedures. In spite of extensive research in Norway, the USSR and other countries, it appears that the precise nature of the mechanism underlying this magnetic effect is still unknown.

The literature in both eastern and western countries on "biomagnetic" phenomena turns out to be vast. It reflects a growing scientific interest in the inhibition and enhancement of biological systems, (eg. cell cultures, tissue repair mechanisms and whole organisms) during exposure to magnetic fields. Interest has been such that an international journal, "Bioelectromagnetics", was launched several years ago to publish papers on this topic. The relationship between the biological effects of constant magnetic fields and the residual effects of a once only or infrequent exposure as occurs in magnetic water treatment is not yet clear.

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