ACUMER™ 3100

Acumer™ 3100 is manufactured by DOW Chemical (Mid South Chemical is a “certified” repackager of Acumer™ products)


Iron Oxide Dispersant Terpolymer stabilizer and dispersant for water treatment


ACUMER™ 3100 is a superior phosphate and zinc stabilizer in stressed cooling water systems and an excellent iron and sludge dispersant in boilers.

Used in Water Treatment

  • Cooling Water
  • Boilers
  • industrial reverse osmosis membrane anti-scalant


  • Use avoids potential fouling situations and maintains maximum heat transfer
  • Excellent boiler sludge dispersant
  • Exceptional iron scale inhibitor and iron oxide dispersant
  • Stabilizes corrosion inhibitors such as zinc, phosphates, and phosphonates

Typical Properties

These properties are typical but do not constitute specifications.

Appearance Clear solution to slightly hazy
Chemical Nature Carboxylate/Sulfonate/Nonionic functional terpolymer
Average Molecular Weight 4500 (Mw)
Total Solids (%) 43.5
Active Solids (%) 39.5
pH as is (at 25°C) 2.5
Bulk density (at 25°C) 1.20
Viscosity Brookfield (mPa.s/cps at 25°C) 500
Neutralization 0.13g of NaOH (100%) per g of ACUMER 3100
Chemistry and Mode of Action

ACUMER 3100 terpolymer contains three functional groups: strong acid (sulfonate), weak acid (carboxylate) and a nonionic that provide optimal dispersancy for most particules under a broad range of operating conditions:

  • It’s carboxylate groups are most strongly attracted to particles surfaces, allowing strong dispersant absorption onto particles.
  • It’s sulfonate groups are only weakly attracted to the particle surface and retain some residual negative charge to provide repulsion preventing particles from aggregating into larger particles which can settle and deposit on tube surfaces and low flow areas.
  • It’s nonionic groups further enhance dispersancy by providing steric repulsion between particles.

Dispersancy Performance

It is an outstanding dispersant, far superior to other types of polymers especially for dispersing both dried and hydrated iron oxide, hydroxyapatite and calcium carbonate. It is also an excellent stabilizer for corrosion inhibitors such as phosphate, phosphonates and zinc.


  • Dispersant and stabilizer for use in all cooling water programs
  • It excels in the harshest of cooling water conditions, such as extremely high or low Ryznar Indexes, high iron concentrations, high levels of zinc or phosphate added as treatment to the system. ACUMER 3100 is particularly recommended in advanced all-organic programs. The product will maintain excellent heat transfer by its superior dispersancy and, in addition, will help corrosion inhibition by controlling film formation of the organic corrosion inhibitors onto metal surfaces.
  • Control of boiler sludge
  • ACUMER 3100 terpolymer is the product of choice for boiler water treatment formulations as it provides unsurpassed control of boiler sludge. The polymer makes it possible to easily transport iron with calcium and phosphate containing sludges for removal during blowdown. Superior iron oxide dispersant, ACUMER 3100 is particularly recommended to control hydrated iron oxide in condensate return line.

Thermal/Hydrolytic Stability

ACUMER 3100 terpolymer is highly resistant to breakdown in aqueous solution under conditions of high temperature, pressure and pH. As a safety measure ACUMER 3100 is not recommended for boilers operating at pressure greater than 900 psig.

ACUMER 3100 is very resistant to hydrolysis as well. The product does not lose its performance capability after storage at pH 13.5 for 6 months at ambient temperature.


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