Particle Transport in Clean Membrane Filters in Laminar Flow

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Particle transport and deposition studies in laminar cross-flow membrane filtration are reported. Particle residence time distributions (RTDs) in experimental conditions typical of ultra- and microfiltration are compared with theoretical predictions incorporating the effects of hydrodynamic, Coulombic, electrodynamic, and external gravity forces. Numerical simulations show that, for a given flow field, mechanisms controlling lateral migration in the far-field region in membrane filters depend primarily on inertial, gravity, and permeation drag forces. The theory accurately predicts first passage times and multimodal RTDs under conditions of high membrane permeability and fast axial flows. Differences between experimental and theoretical RTDs are interpreted as evidence of shear-induced particle resuspension, transport along the membrane surface, and/or unfavorable attachment phenomena in the near-field region. Such an approach may be useful in screening membrane technologies for water and wastewater treatment based on the size distribution of particles in the feed water. © 1992, American Chemical Society. All rights reserved.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Shankararaman, C; Wlesner, MR

Published Date

  • August 1, 1992

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 26 / 8

Start / End Page

  • 1611 - 1621

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1520-5851

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0013-936X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1021/es00032a019

Citation Source

  • Scopus