Introduction and comment
I'll introduce myself in the 'right place'. (1)
I joined because the site looks great and I happened into this thread from a Google search.
About electronic water conditioning
That article says it's not well supported scientifically.
That's a bit of a surprise to me.
Through my interest in material processing I thought I'd read a legitimate,
referenced (6) article about the use of electronic 'descalers' in use in
large industrial 'processes'.
Where water is heated and lost to evaporation scale builds up.
Now I think we use deionized water in a sealed system.
That ensures it's not lost, thus there's no calcium carbonate,
CaCO3, to build up. I'll use CaCO3 for "calcium carbonate".
Many materials are paramagnetic (look it up). CaCO3 could be or not. I haven't looked.
If it is then an electronic descaler could work. It might be tuned to the resonant frequency
of CaCO2 so the molecule shakes and causes it to redissolve or 'unstick' it from a surface.
Every molecule just like every piece of machinery has a resonance.
The effect is used in 'absorption spectroscopy' to identify chemicals.
When light shakes a chemical some light is absorbed. We measure it and
know what the chemical is and how much there is.
About CaCO3 in water and how it was removed from pipes in a unique way.
SOME FUN (or useful) INFORMATION
Calcium carbonate is what seashells are made of. It can coat the inside
of pipes and reduce their volume. Keeping it solution, usually water is
the way to avoid this. CaCO3 comes from CO2 in the air that is dissolved
in the ocean water. (5)
It was about 2009 when I watched a short bit in a science show
about a woman scientist who asked, "Why do seashells stop growing? (in clams)"
This is how I remember it.
A chemical secreted by the clam caused calcium carbonate
to stop sticking to the old shell surface. (This could be misinformation) (2)
A bacteria was modified to create the chemical OR the chemical itself was
included in the process and the CaCO3 stopped sticking.
The reason the work was done is that acids were commonly
used to dissolve scale in pipes and plant operators were trying to find
less toxic answer to the problem.
(1) I saw a chance to contribute. Even though the thread is old.
i came here others could 'fall in' here via Google and I wanted to contribute right away.
(2) I encourage you to search for the research yourself if you're very interested.
If I find it I'll come back and add it to this post.
(3) The search below associates paramagnatism with "calcium carbonate".
If there is research to support the use of a magnetic field to keep CaC03
in solution it's probably in this search here:
i.e. put this into google
paramagnetism OR paramagnetic "calcium carbonate"
If you're interested about calcification and 'water' (seawater in this article) see here
(6) Articles written by scientific researchers in legitimate places like universities or research labs who write papers
which are peer reviewed
Andre in CA, USA