Scaling in both high- and low Salinity Brines

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The Bureau of Mines is involved in the nation's geothermal program from two different points of view. One is the conservation of the nation's mineral resources through the development of corrosion resistant materials. The other is to develop new mineral resource recovery techniques applicable to the hydrothermal waters of the Imperial Valley. This paper reports ''engineering'' observations made during the field operations in the Imperial Valley during 1974, 1975, and 1976. The interest in the scaling phenomena is directed only to (1) its interference with the corrosion studies, and (2) the possible role that it may play in any minerals ... continued below

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Needham, P.B., Jr.; Murphy, A.P. & McCawley, F.X. January 1, 1976.

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The Bureau of Mines is involved in the nation's geothermal program from two different points of view. One is the conservation of the nation's mineral resources through the development of corrosion resistant materials. The other is to develop new mineral resource recovery techniques applicable to the hydrothermal waters of the Imperial Valley. This paper reports ''engineering'' observations made during the field operations in the Imperial Valley during 1974, 1975, and 1976. The interest in the scaling phenomena is directed only to (1) its interference with the corrosion studies, and (2) the possible role that it may play in any minerals recovery technique. The work reported here consists of chemical, structural and thermodynamic analyses of scales obtained from wells on the Salton Sea geothermal field and on the East Mesa geothermal field. In some cases there is little reliable information on the well operating parameters (flow rates, time, temperature, pressure or ''correct'' chemistry) for which the scales were obtained. For other cases, particularly for the 1975 operation of Mesa 6-1 and for the 1976 operation of Magmamax No. 1, there is at least the beginnings of some semblance of reliable background information.

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  • Conference on scale management in geothermal energy development, San Diego, August 2-4, 1976

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  • Report No.: COO-2607-4
  • Report No.: CONF-760844-12
  • Grant Number: E(11-1)-2607
  • Grant Number: NSF-G-AER-74-17445
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 886866
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc875447

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Needham, P.B., Jr.; Murphy, A.P. & McCawley, F.X. Scaling in both high- and low Salinity Brines, article, January 1, 1976; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc875447/: accessed August 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.