GE Water’s spiral wound reverse osmosis assemblies represent an industry standard in industrial water filtration technologies. For decades, these systems have been highly optimized for both efficiency and cost-effective implementation. The spiral wound elements join to one another primarily through ABS plastic connectors. Currently, each interconnect is comprised of several independent components that must be combine to create a tight, leak-proof seal, as well as a structurally sound linkage. Unfortunately, each additional component in the system increases the complexity of the overall installation and moreover represents a separate potential failure point.
Ideally, a means of connection that eliminated components, reduced cost and improved efficiency would provide an optimal solution for both suppliers and customers. Potential solutions may include screw/thread designs, male/female interconnects, integrated O-rings and seals, integrated locking mechanisms, material reduction or any other improvement over the current construct.
The goal of this Challenge is strictly to identify the most viable means of connecting the component tubing. Designs submitted are not required to meet specifications for pressure differential in the operating system. Instead, selected top respondents will have the opportunity to work directly with GE in the optimization of their design for use in high pressure systems.
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See Official Rules for details. See challenge website for updated timeline information. Contest opens on October 14th, 2014. Must submit at least one entry by December 31st, 2014 to be eligible. Must be 18 years of age or older to participate. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited.