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The consequence of magnetic field on the parameters of brackish water in batch and continuous flow system

Abstract

Background

The concept of magnetized water and the historically abbreviated glimpse were discussed. Therefore, the magnetic water treatment method has been summed up and considered a better and cleaner physical technique for water handling. This experimental work is focused on the effect of magnetic treatment on certain water parameters such as temperature, electrical conductivity (EC), total dissolved salts (TDS), and pH by exposing water to a permanent magnetic field (PMF) with a magnetic flux density (B = 1.45 T ± 0.05).

Results

This technique is realized by using a fixed system that depends on the application of both pump and valve control to induce the required circulation of employed water. Both open loop and closed loop are applied as a function of exposure time. Considering that the type of used water is brackish groundwater. The results showed that at open and closed flow conditions, the PMF causes variations in the values of the measured parameters for the outflow water. The theoretical approach is subjected to measure the molecular interaction of water system H-bonded systems based on DFT level with function B3LYP on Gaussian 09 software with a specific concentration of NaCl. This research focuses on the relation between the molecular structure of water and the dissolved NaCl with respect to applying a magnetic field with a varying force from 1 to 85 T.

Conclusion

The water's magnetization technique is simple without using extra energy by using a PWT tool to create a permanent magnetic field (B = 1.45 T ± 0.05) when installing it on a water tube system that was previously mounted. This environmentally friendly, renewable technology, therefore, does not need any additional energy requirements.

Background

The water supply deficit is an important factor in preventing boosted agricultural development and food security and is also one of the key issues that we are currently facing alongside the question of boosting food demand to cover humanitarian needs. Sustainable agricultural evolution is also influenced by the availability of water that could be used efficiently and effectively in the production of agricultural programs (Wang et al. 2018; Ambashtaa and Sillanpaa 2010; Iwasaka and Ueno 1998). Water is familiarly composed of clusters in this sense, and the more stable numbers of clusters are called magic numbers. The sequence of magic numbers contains fundamental knowledge about the cluster's electronic and ionic composition and thus the water characteristics. If it can make partial or slight improvements to the magic numbers, usually to boost them, we can get a lot of new water uses (Cho and Lee 2005; Zaidi et al. 2014; Rajput et al. 2016). While chemical additives have a great success rate in water treatment, their use is correlated with numerous unfavorable circumstances that minimize the chances of their effectiveness (Rajput et al. 2016). More stringent environmental regulations have increased the packaging, handling, and disposal costs involved (Sheikholeslami et al. 2016). Consequently, the environmental and economic concerns associated with conventional chemical water treatments are the vigorous explanation for introducing safer and healthier physical techniques such as magnetic water treatment, recognizing that the physical alteration in water during the application of a magnetic field is the alteration that happens without altering its chemical composition (Hachicha et al. 2018; Zlotopolsk 2017; Andrianov and Orlov 2018). In the presence of an applied external magnetic field, as larger water clusters are broken down to form a smaller cluster, more robust water structures would be generated to get new stable arrangements (Esmaeilnezhad et al. 2017). The magnetic field can be generated by using two kinds of devices, one of which uses permanent magnets, while the other is centered on AC or pulsed fields which are called alternating magnetic fields and ideally perpendicular to water flow direction (Liu et al. 2008; Tomska and Wolny 2008; Dickinson and McGrath 2004; Park et al. 2004; Tai et al. 2008). The technique of magnetic water treatment is usually to move water at a particular velocity via a magnetic field. Water loses its ability to precipitate hardness salts in the form of scale after such treatment, and these salts are crystallized as precise sludge easily transported by the water flow (Alim 2009; Bogatin et al. 1999; Donaldson 1988). Although numerous researchers have asserted the magnetic field's impact on water, some others still disprove the effect. It is understood that surface tension is one of the characteristics of water that is very sensitive to empirical conditions. As the temperature of the water increases, it was observed that its surface tension decreases. Because of this, water treatment is a method magnetically used to reduce water surface tension (Wang et al. 1997). No significant evidence between both surface tension and magnetic field effect on it when the velocity of circulation of water in this magnetic field is elevated during the water magnetization process. The explanation for this is that under an elevated velocity the time is too short for magnetization, in addition, the water molecules are highly disoriented, and this adds to the difficulties of magnetizing the water (Pandolfo et al. 1987). The surface tension of tap water at a temperate velocity will diminish after magnetization. The experimental study investigated the effect of applying a magnetic field to saltwater that was prepared in the laboratory using NaCl with total dissolved solids TDS approximately equal to 1890 ppm and was then pumped through a magnetic field from a 25-L tank using a pump with a maximum flow rate of 4 m3/h and 0.25 m3/h as minimum flow rate. It has been observed that TDS of this saltwater varies at different times 20, 40, 60, 80, 100, and 120 min. in a closed period in which TDS decreased due to the impact of applying this magnetic field to this saltwater, realizing that this effect depends on the time of exposure to the magnetic field in which TDS decreased by about 32.8 percent in 2 h (Watt et al. 1993; Hogan et al. 1994). The magnetic field influence was highest with lower salinity and higher pH, while magnetic influence was lower with low and high pH and salinity, respectively, and the presence of salt, the power of the magnetic field is weaker. Hard water is considered to have various negative domestic, industrial, and agricultural effects as it is water that contains a high mineral content in which the amount of all minerals thawed in water is defined as TDS. It is important to keep an eye on the level of total dissolved solids in water. To put it plainly, TDS consists of inorganic salts and organic matter which has dissolved in water. The different forms of TDS include essentially calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, bicarbonates, chlorides, iron, lead, and sulfates (Paiaro and Pandolfo 1994; Golovleva et al. 2000; Mosin and Ignatov 2015). It is understood that calcium typically comes into the water in the form of either calcium carbonate CaCO3 in the form of calcareous and chalk, or calcium sulfate CaSO4 in the form of various other mineral sediments, while dolomite CaMg(CO3)2 is the main source of magnesium. Based on the previous behavior, a specified volume of TDS is in water that occurs naturally as it flows through the soil. But when a storm hits or sewage pollution occurs, the level of the dissolved solids starts to reach an unacceptable, potentially harmful level (Nakagawa et al. 1999). Scale is formed because of the hardness of the water. It was discovered that limescale decreases pipeline diameter, which in turn improves flow resistance, leading to a negative impact on heat exchange system operation (Yamashita et al. 2003). As a result, additional monetary expenditures are required to scour the limescale steam boilers, heat exchangers, and other heat-exchange devices by perpetual repairs, in addition to repairing the piping and plumbing. Further, a various experimental work was aimed at handling hard water using magnetic techniques (Kozic and Lipus 2003). Antiscale magnetic water treatment for steam boilers, heat exchangers, has been the most prevalent. The effect of the magnetic field on aqueous solutions will decrease the scale rate in pipes and on heat exchanger surfaces if the effect of magnetic water treatment does not reach the appropriate range of values of the scale of soluble calcium and magnesium salts (Guo et al. 2012). Thus, in the case of using magnetic water, the anti-scale effect relies on other variables during the construction of a magnetic water treatment system, such as a sufficiently strong magnetic field with proper flux distribution, the rate of water movement, the length of its magnetic field stays, magnet location and the composition of the treated water (Baker and Judd 1995). It should be considered that the effect of magnetic treatment often depends on the properties of the pipe, in which the degree of that effect depends on the conductivity of the pipe and the roughness of the surface. Therefore, it is understood that all elements of the environment interact with each other interactively, including all living human, plant, and animal species. Such species are affected by the environmental factors in the air, water, and soil that surround them (Amor et al. 2018). Those living organisms are known to benefit from enhanced water properties. From the above, using the magnetic field to magnetize water induces certain variations in its properties, making it more beneficial under using (Alimi 2008). In various fields, such as irrigation, plant production, plant productivity, and animal science, the technicality of magnetic water treatment has advanced rapidly (Elaoud et al. 2016). The use of an external magnetic field plays an effective role in water molecules, in which some of them can break away from the cluster of water molecules and become free monomer molecules (Kotb and Aziz 2013; Jiang et al. 2015; Zohdy et al. 2021; Shehata et al. 2019; 2020; Emad et al. 2019; Farag et al. 2016).

Methods

The experimental system is in the National Research Center, where a quantity of brackish groundwater was supplied there to investigate the magnetic field's effect on it. It should be known that the action of the magnetic field on stationary water is considerably weaker, because moving in flux water has some electro-conductivity, whereas moving in the magnetic field causes small electrical currents. Despite this, both the pump and the valve contribute to increased turbidity of flowing water. In addition to the shape and design of the permanent water treatment (PWT) unit, the nature of the pump used is the same as the effect of magnetic treatment of potable water in looped and dead-end water networks described in the research paper.

Exposure to magnets

The length of the hose used, in connection with the pump used, is approximately 150 cm with a diameter of approximately 2.5 cm. Another piece of plastic hose with the same prior measurement’s diameter of 2.5 cm, length 150 cm was connected to the PWT device. PWT system was utilized in a series of experiments to test its effect on the quantity of brackish groundwater supplied here. All water samples were examined for instant measurement of temperature, electrical conductivity (EC), total dissolved solids (TDS), and pH in an open loop. Additionally, in the case of a closed loop, these water parameters were also studied as time functions.

Measurements

The samples of the water analyzed were mounted in a glass beaker in accordance with the apparatus electrode (HANNA instruments HI98310), in which it is used to calculate the values of the prior water parameters for the inflow before its entry into the PWT system and for the outflow after its exit. For this purpose, the PWT system is used to establish a permanent magnetic field with a density of magnetic flux (B = 1.45 T ± 0.05).

Computational Methodology

Density functional theory (DFT) level with (B3LYP) was used to estimate hydrogen bond energy (eV) of water molecules at different concentrations (ppm) of NaCl. On the ground-state PES (potential energy surface), the effect of the external apparent magnetic field was studied using single-point energy calculations for water molecules. The applied magnetic field intensities are in the range of 0 to 85 T. The energy of molecular interaction is estimated using the equation below.

$$\Delta E_{HB} = \, \left( {E_{{\left( {{\text{H}}2{\text{O}}} \right)n}} + E_{{{\text{NaCl}}}} } \right)_{{{\text{unbonded}}}} {-}E_{{\left[ {{\text{H}}2{\text{O}}} \right)n + {\text{NaCl}}]{\text{bonded}}}}$$

where ΔEHB is the intra-binding energy for the water molecules, E(H2O)n and ENaCl are the energies of water and NaCl molecules as a separate phases. E[H2O)n+NaCl] is the energy of the combined system water and NaCl.

Results

The relation of magnetic field and the increasing plant growth using magnetized water is discussed. The mode of action is concerned with rational reasoning, which gets monomer water molecules that can permeate easily across biological cell walls. Irrigating a plant with only high salinity water or mixing it with low salinity water is an increasing problem in many regions around the world because this will lead to an increase in soil salinity, particularly on the surface of the soil layer, resulting in a decrease in vegetable and crop production in general, particularly in semiarid regions where irrigation water is present. Although brackish water can be classified as one of the types of waters where its salinity (TDS) is up to 15,000 ppm, it has been found that improvement in plant growth parameters has been boosted until 6000 ppm of magnetic water has been treated. Despite this, magnetic treatment of water is a method used worldwide to resolve water salinity disorders. The results proved that the magnetic water treatment alters the distribution of salts across soil layers, reducing their content in the top layers where will be more important for agricultural activity. It has been highlighted that the treatment of magnetic water will eliminate 50% of soil salinity (El-Shamy et al. 2017; Essa et al. 2018). It should be noted that the degree of efficacy of magnetized water on soil salinity depended heavily on the magnetized water's traveling distance along irrigation network lines. It may be reasonable to assume that if scientific studies have confirmed that the treatment of magnetic water has health benefits for animals, it should also be useful for humans. Even in the years of the BC period, it is said that a lodestone or natural magnet was used by the legendary Cleopatra to sleep on it to preserve its prettiness and youthfulness. This has now been concluded that using the magnetic therapy technique does not give the illusion of being an alternative to the standard therapies in reducing ache, and this technique is only effective in reducing muscle aches. It should be remembered that during water treatment with magnetic fields such as magnetic impurities, various conditions are difficult to control. However, when exposed to the magnetic field using direct experimental techniques, it is difficult to analyze the changes that occur in the structure of water. Performing the theoretical calculations is thus an important way to overcome this problem (Reda et al. 2020a, b). The advances in computing trigger more accurate theoretical calculations. Remember that a strong magnetic field (14 T) can affect the hydrogen bond structure of water molecules. Still, there is no ultimate point of view on the process of how aqueous solutions are influenced by magnetic fields. It has been noted that the hydrogen bond has greater stability in a magnetic field that can be enhanced which is the fundamental explanation for certain water characteristics alteration. The increase of approximately 0.34%t in the number of hydrogen bonds can be accomplished if the strength of the magnetic field increases from 1 to 10 T since, a 10-T field is approximately 200,000 times the strength of the earth's magnetic field, which indicates that the ability to network water can be encouraged by the magnetic field, recognizing that 1.5, 3 and some 4 T magnets are used for magnetic fields. A greater number of hydrogen bonds indicate that the size of the water cluster boosts throughout the existence of a magnetic field; therefore, the composition of the water molecules becomes more organized and stable in the existence of a magnetic field. The average number of hydrogen bonds boosts in case a solution with a low concentration of NaCl is subjected to a magnetic field, but it declines in a high concentration solution and presented the fundamental truth of magnetic water treatment, in which each ion feels a Lorentz force as water can pass through a magnetic field (El-Shamy et al. 2018). Owing to the redirection of particles, the frequency of collisions between ions raises, positive and negative ions combine to produce an insoluble compound; thus, calcium carbonates dispatched as slime from the solution that can easily be removed from the water. It is clearly noticed that weaker bonding with hydrogen is obtained by improving magnetized time so three hypotheses relating to the magnetized water process are set as follows: firstly, decomposition of colloidal metal ion complexes occurs in magnetized water, which accelerates their subsequent deposition. Secondly, the polarization of dissolved ions, e.g., Na+ and Cl, in water during magnetic field application and deformation of their hydration shells is shown in Fig. 1. Finally, the magnetic field influences the water structure in which the hydrogen bonds can be skewed and partly broken (El-Shamy et al. 2020; Mohamed et al. 2020). The magnetic field splits the hydrogen bonds in the intra-cluster, causing a breakup in the larger clusters, resulting in smaller clusters with stronger inter-cluster hydrogen bonds, as shown in Fig. 2.

Fig. 1
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A schematic diagram refers to the ions of sodium (Na+) and chloride (Cl) while getting away from each other, in addition to the deformation of their hydration shells in water during the application of a magnetic field

Fig. 2
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A schematic diagram shows the types of hydrogen bonds in water

In other words, in the presence of an external magnetic field the size of a water cluster can be dominated. This then causes the mean size of water clusters to decrease, as shown in Fig. 3.

Fig. 3
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A A schematic diagram shows the assumption shape of a water cluster. B A collective of some water clusters together. C Non-magnetized water clusters have hitches during passing through plant capillaries and cell walls. D Magnetized water clusters enter the plant capillaries and cell walls readily

In Fig. 4, the schematic diagram for the experimental setup is given. Understanding that S1 indicates the water sample that was immediately checked in the open-loop system (1–8), while S2 indicates the water samples that were checked in the recirculating method at various periods of time. For two cases, the water treatment system experiments were conducted at room temperature 23 ± 1 °C: (a) open loop and (B) closed or recirculating loop. In the case of using an open loop, the direction of inflow begins at a large tank included a quantity of brackish groundwater supplied here for this experiment. In addition to another plastic hose which is connected between this pump and PWT device, a plastic hose is connected between this tank and the pump used, knowing that this pump is used to move the inflow from this tank to the PWT device, as stated in Fig. 5. Table 1 shows the measurable parameters for the inflow of water used. But if a closed loop is used, the direction of inflow starts at the reservoir and ends at it. Brackish groundwater was exposed to a static magnetic field created from a permanent water treatment (PWT) system, in which a sample of outflow water was taken at a higher and lower flow rate and its parameter values (temperature, EC, TDS, and pH) were calculated instantly during the passage of water through this system. The data obtained are epitomized in Table 2. It has been observed that the values of the collected data are fluctuating as compared to the calculated values of the parameters of the inflow. Additionally, the outflow temperature at the higher flow rate is greater than the outflow temperature at the lower flow rate. In the case of the closed-loop method, these prior parameters were also analyzed as a function of time at the same higher and lower flow rate for extra visualization.

Fig. 4
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The schematic diagram of permanent magnetic field PMT system. Where (1) Tank: contains a quantity of brackish groundwater that was supplied here for this experiment. (2) Three-way ball valve shuts off the water flow in one direction and opens it in another direction. (3) Gate valve (ball valve, 2 ports): normally open. (4) Centrifugal pump. (5) Check valve (swing check valve, 1 inch): non-return valve used to protect the pump from backflow. (6) Gate valve (ball valve, 2 ports): throttling the flow rate. (7) PWT device: used for treating brackish groundwater (salt content up to 3000 ppm ± 500). (8) Three-way valve. (9) Three-way valve. (10) Reservoir.

Fig. 5
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Water treatment system in case of using open loop

Table 1 The measurable parameters for inflow used water
Table 2 The measurable parameters instantly for outflow brackish groundwater at two different pumps 's flow rates

Brackish groundwater parameters in recirculating system (closed loop)

Effect of contact time

At a higher and lower flow rate of 52.16 l/min and 12.32 l/min, the brackish groundwater is passed through the PWT system for 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25 min, respectively, at incremental times. A sample of the outflow water was taken after each period, and its parameters were immediately determined. The parameters measured are temperature, electrical conductivity, total dissolved solids, and pH. In addition to the use of Microsoft Excel, the data obtained were exposed to a theoretical approach by using MATLAB R2013a to find the convenient polynomial equation for this treatment condition.

Outflow temperature

One of three crucial points was found to be 24.11. Therefore, since the function increases to the left and decreases to the right of 24.11, it must be that 24.11 is a maximum locale. It should be noted that as the incremental time periods rise from 30 to 75 min, it was found that the outflow temperature rises at a flow rate of 52.16 l/min as shown in Figs. 6, 7, 8 and 9.

Fig. 6
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Temperature vs. time (30 min. up to 75 min), by using brackish groundwater in case of closed cycle at flow rate of 52.16 l/min

Fig. 7
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Temperature vs. time, by using brackish groundwater in case of closed cycle: A at flow rate of 52.16 l/min and B at flow rate of 12.32 l/min

Fig. 8
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Brackish groundwater in case of closed cycle at flow rate of 52.16 l/min: A electrical conductivity versus time and B total dissolved solids versus time

Fig. 9
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Brackish groundwater in case of closed cycle at flow rate of 12.32 l/min: A electrical conductivity versus time and B total dissolved solids versus time

Outflow (EC and TDS)

It was found that there are three crucial points where 6.97 and 22.80 are maximum local but 2.71 is a minimum local. It should be noted that as the incremental time periods increase from 30 to 75 min, the outflow for both EC and TDS decreases at a flow rate of 52.16 l/min as shown in Figs. 10 and 11. Compared to the inflow TDS (940 ppm), if the outflow TDS (800 ppm) at 75 min is compared to the inflow TDS (940 ppm), it has been observed that the inflow TDS value is down quite marginally, around 140 ppm. Hence, in this case, the percentage variation between both the inflow and the outflow is about (14.89%).

Fig. 10
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Electrical conductivity versus time (30 min up to 75 min), by using brackish groundwater in case of closed cycle at flow rate of 52.16 l/min

Fig. 11
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Total dissolved solids versus time (30 min up to 75 min), by using brackish groundwater in case of closed cycle at flow rate of 52.16 l/min

Outflow pH

Figure 12A shows the relationship between pH vs. flow rate 52.16 l / min., and we can see three critical points: 8.62, 15.21, and 23.81. Therefore, since the function decreases to the left and grows to the right of 8.62, it must be that 8.62 is a local minimum. Therefore, the feature increases to the left and decreases to the right of 15.21, and it may be that 15.21 is a maximum locale. Furthermore, the feature decreases to the left and rises to the right of 23.81; it must be that 23.81 is a local minimum. It should be noted that as the incremental time periods increase from 30 to 75 min, it was discovered that the outflow pH fluctuates at a flow rate of 52.16 l/min as shown in Fig. 13.

Fig. 12
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pH versus time, by using brackish groundwater in case of closed cycle: A at flow rate of 52.16 l/min and B at flow rate of 12.32 l/min

Fig. 13
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pH versus time (30 min. up to 75 min), by using brackish groundwater in case of closed cycle at flow rate of 52.16 l/min

Outflow temperature and its relationship with the other outflow parameters

It has been observed that in Fig. 14 there are variations in the values of the outflow water parameters EC, TDS, and pH with the variability of the outflow temperature values during the usage of the PWT system at different exposure times. The number of ions rises with the breakdown of molecules. Temperature boost is due to enhancement of the ion's kinetic energy or mobility.

Fig. 14
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A cubic simulation box of water–NaCl, where Cl ion is violet, Na+ ion is green, oxygen is red, and hydrogen is white

Statistical analysis in case of studying the effect of contact time

Upon going through the (PWT) device, the brackish groundwater inflow is measured and re-analyzed after the outflow from this device. Knowing that, as shown in Table 3, the observable parameters of inflow water at room temperature are kept almost unchanged, the sample size (n) taken for analysis consists of five water samples from the outflow for 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25 min. respectively, at 52.16 l/min and 12.32 l/min higher and lower flow rate. Mean, variance, and standard deviation are determined as three descriptive statistics for this sample, in which:

  • Sample Mean: is an average of the water parameter values for each.

  • Sample Variance (Var. S): is the mean square deviations derived from this sample.

  • Sample Standard Deviation (Stdev. S): is the square root of this sample variance, where it is a measure of how the values are spread out.

Table 3 Statistical analysis for the outflow in case of closed cycle at the higher and lower flow rate
Fig. 15
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Variation of hydrogen bonding versus PPM of water–NaCl system at different magnetic fields; (0–1.7–17 and 85 T

Computational studies (DFT results)

See Table 4.

Table 4 Changes in binding energy (Hartree) of water molecules under external of magnetic field at different ppm of NaCl as seen in this table and the data are extracted from Fig. 15

Discussion

Outflow temperature

It was discovered that a polynomial function represents the relationship between temperature vs time at the flow rate of 52.16 L/min. By plotting this relation, the polynomial function is found to be 4th degree with 5 coefficients (see Eq. 1).

$$f\left( x \right) = p_{1.} x^{4} + p_{2} .x^{3} + p_{3} .x^{2} + p_{4} .x + p_{5}$$
(1)

where p1 = − 1.333 × 10–05, p2 = 0.001067, p3 = − 0.04167, p4 = 1.003, p5 = 23.7. Knowing that goodness of fit (SSE) = 5.68 × 10–28, in which it refers to the sum of the squared errors of predication (deviations predicated from actual empirical values of data).

That is, SSE is a measure of the difference between the data given and an estimation model. A low SSE means that the mathematical model is in a close fit with the data collected. Using the first derivative test is a method for obtaining the critical points that cause a function to increase and decrease at them. Solve f = 0; one of the three critical points, therefore, is 28.29. Therefore, since the feature increases to the left and decreases to the right of 28.29, it must be that 28.29 is a maximum locale. It was concluded that at the time of 15 min the outflow from the PWT system is getting dry. This is consistent with what has been said regarding the effect of the apparent magnetic field on the water in which it limits the movement of the molecules of water and thus alters the liquid state thermal conduction. Besides this, the polynomial function of the relationship between temperature vs time is found at a flow rate of 12.32 l/min also has 5 coefficients at 4th degree (see Eq. 2).

$$f\left( x \right) = p_{1.} x^{4} + p_{2} .x^{3} + p_{3} .x^{2} + p_{4} .x + p_{5}$$
(2)

where p1 = − 8.667 × 10–05, p2 = 0.004467, p3 = − 0.07983, p4 = 0.9183, p5 = 23, Knowing that goodness of fit (SSE) = 9.593 × 10–28.

Outflow (EC and TDS)

The relation between electrical conductivity (EC) versus time at 52.16 l/min flow rate in which the relation is expressed below (see Eq. 3) in the form of a fourth-degree polynomial function with five coefficients.

$$f\left( x \right) = p_{1} .x^{4} + p_{2} .x^{3} + p_{3} .x^{2} + p_{4} .x + p_{5}$$
(3)

where p1 = − 0.002, p2 = 0.1, p3 = − 1.55, p4 = 7.5, p5 = 1870, Knowing that goodness of fit (SSE) = 1.913 × 10−24.

One of the three deciding points is 28.59. Therefore, since the feature increases to the left and decreases to the right of 28.59, it must be that 28.59 is a maximum locale. Besides this, the polynomial function of the relation between total dissolved salts (TDS) vs time is observed at the same flow rate of 52, 16 l/min and has 5 coefficients at the 4th degree (see Eq. 4).

$$f\left( x \right) = p_{1} .x^{4} + p_{2} .x^{3} + p_{3} .x^{2} + p_{4} .x + p_{5}$$
(4)

where p1 = − 0.002667, p2 = 0.1467, p3 = − 2.533, p4 = 13.33, p5 = 940, knowing that goodness of fit (SSE) = 8.66 × 10–25.

It has been discovered that there are three critical points where 3.73 and 22.9 are maximum local but 14.62 is a minimum local. Additionally, the polynomial function of the relationship between electrical conductivity (EC) vs. time at 12.32 l/min flow rate even has 5 coefficients in 4th degree (see Eq. 5).

$$f\left( x \right) \, = p_1. x^{4} + p_2. x^{3} + p_{3} .x^{2} + p_{4} .x + p_{5}$$
(5)

where p1 = 0.002, p2 = − 0.1267, p3 = 2.75, p4 =  − 22.83, p5 = 1950, knowing that goodness of fit (SSE) = 1.706 × 10–24.

It has been found that there are three critical points where the local minimum is 7.16 and 23.09, but 17.26 is a local maximum. Besides this, the polynomial function of the relationship between total dissolved salts (TDS) vs. time is discovered at the same flow rate of 12.32 l/min and also has 5 coefficients at 4th degree (see Eq. 6).

$$f\left( x \right) = p_{1} .x^{4} + p_{2} .x^{3} + p_{3} .x^{2} + p_{4} .x + p_{5}$$
(6)

where p1 = − 0.002, p2 = 0.1133, p3 = − 2.15, p4 = 16.17, p5 = 900, knowing that goodness of fit (SSE) = 9.564 × 10−25.

Outflow pH

This relationship is expressed in Eq. 7, and the form of polynomial function is 4th with 5 coefficients.

$$f\left( x \right) = p_{1} .x^{4} + p_{2} .x^{3} + p_{3} .x^{2} + p_{4} .x + p_{5}$$
(7)

where p1 = − 4.667 × 10–06, p2 = 0.0003267, p3 = − 0.008283, p4 = 0.08983, p5 = 8.24, knowing that goodness of fit (SSE) = 4.733 × 10–29.

It was discovered that there are three critical points where the local limit is 11.92 and 23.13 but 17.45 is a local minimum. Moreover, the polynomial function of the relationship between pH vs. time at a flow rate of 12.32 l/min also has 5 coefficients in the 4th degree (see Eq. 8).

$$f\left(x \right) \, = p_{1}. x^{4} + p_{2}. x^{3} +p_{3} .x^{2} + p_{4} .x + p_{5}$$
(8)

where p1 = 2.067 × 10–05, p2 = − 0.001313, p3 = 0.02888, p4 =  − 0.2582, p5 = 9.37, knowing that goodness of fit (SSE) = 3.787 × 10–29.

Outflow temperature and its relationship with the other outflow parameters

Therefore, the electrical conductivity depends on these variables, and then, a change in the outflow temperature values results in variations in the EC outflow values. Therefore, variations in outflow pH values suggest that hydrolysis reaction may occur due to the ability to polarize ions (cation distortion/deformation or anion). Reaction to ionization occurs as inorganic salts dissolve in water, and these ions make up. Then, ions interact with H+ or OH, which constitute ionization of water molecules, knowing that two of these hydroxyl ions will form a water molecule (H2O) and give out a single oxygen atom. Hence, it can be assumed that breakage of water hydrogen bonds is due to the hydrolysis reaction process.

Statistical analysis in case of studying the effect of contact time

All these samples were analyzed using Microsoft Excel 2016 statistical analysis, which was determined to assess the mean, variance, and standard deviation. It should be noted that a low sample standard deviation means that the data points appear to be like the sample mean, while a high sample standard deviation means that the data points are distributed over a wider range. At the lower flow rate, the average EC, TDS, and pH values of the outflow are more than the average EC, TDS, and pH values of the outflow at the higher flow. But the outflow temperature average value at the higher flow rate is greater than the outflow temperature average at the lower flow rate.

Computational studies (DFT results)

The theoretical equation shows that the binding energy of the water molecules decreases as the applied magnetic field increases from 0 up to 85 T. Also, it is observed that as the amount of water molecule increases or NaCl ppm decreases, the energy of interaction is more negative. So, the bonding of hydrogen decreases as the magnetic field applied decreases.

Conclusion

The magnetization technique of the water is easy without consuming additional energy when a PWT device is utilized to create a permanent magnetic field (B = 1.45 T ± 0.05) during placing it on a previously setup water tube system. Thus, this environmentally friendly clean technology does not need further energy requirements. In addition, this technique leads to reviving water and its capability to soak up oxygen for returning the water to its vital qualities. It should be noted that the mechanism (or the theory) of magnetized water is summarized above. This study proved that the magnetic field has an influence on many water parameters in an open water system such as causing some fluctuations instantly in temperature, electrical conductivity, total dissolved solids, and pH. For extra visualization, the statistical analysis was performed on a closed flow system as shown above in the results, and it was detected that there is an alteration in the value of standard deviation during exposing the inflow to (PWT) device. In general, 52.16 L/min (or 3.13 m3/hr) is the recommended flow rate in the case of an open cycle. But in the case of a closed cycle, the same previous flow rate is recommended at the time of 30 min. It should be observed that the results were exposed to theoretical calculations by utilizing density functional theory. Therefore, magnetic water treatment is a method for treating the water physically and not considered as a technique for removing (or separating) the salts of water. In other words, it can be said that magnetic water treatment is a recent technique in which it is very paramount to become more advanced for achieving higher efficacy in lowering the effects of hard water.

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Abbreviations

EC:

Electrical conductivity

TDS:

Total dissolved salts

PMF:

Permanent magnetic field

PWT:

Permanent water treatment

DFT:

Density functional theory

PES:

Potential energy surface

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El-Shamy, A.M., Abdo, A., Gad, E.A.M. et al. The consequence of magnetic field on the parameters of brackish water in batch and continuous flow system. Bull Natl Res Cent 45, 105 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1186/s42269-021-00565-3

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Keywords

  • Modeling framework
  • Electrical conductivity measurements
  • Flow rate conditions
  • Magnetic field
  • Brackish groundwater