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Low fouling conditions in dead-end filtration: Evidence for a critical filtered volume and interpretation using critical osmotic pressure

Bessiere, Yolaine and Abidine, Nouhad and Bacchin, Patrice Low fouling conditions in dead-end filtration: Evidence for a critical filtered volume and interpretation using critical osmotic pressure. (2005) Journal of Membrane Science, 2 (1-2). 37-47. ISSN 0376-7388

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.memsci.2005.04.018


This paper presents experiments showing the existence of a critical filtered volume (CFV) when operating colloid dead-end filtration. The CFV is here defined as the filtered volume below which there is no irreversible (with respect to a break in the filtration) fouling on the membrane surface: it has thus the same meaning as cross-flow critical flux but applied to a dead-end process. The existence of the CFV is demonstrated when filtering stable latex or clay suspensions in constant-flux filtration experiments with alternating rinses: in contradiction to the current view, an irreversible deposit is not formed as soon as dead-end filtration begins. This critical filtered volume is shown to be dependent on the suspension stability and to be fully linked to the permeate flux: for permeate fluxes of 80 and 110 l h−1 m−2 the CFV is, respectively, 82 and 65 l m−2 for latex particles. Analyses of results are made by depicting the transition between concentration polarisation and deposit formation considering a critical osmotic pressure, which appears to be a characteristic of the fouling potential of a suspension. The results are discussed in the light of how this concept could lead to an interesting way to control and develop a strategy to operate filtration in dead-end mode.

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Institution:Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
Other partners > Degrémont Technologies-Aquasource (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
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Laboratoire de Génie Chimique - LGC (Toulouse, France) - Génie des Interfaces & Milieux Divisés (GIMD)
Deposited On:04 Nov 2008 13:55

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