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Distributions of critical flux: modelling, experimental analysis and consequences for cross-flow membrane filtration

Bacchin, Patrice and Espinasse, Benjamin and Aimar, Pierre Distributions of critical flux: modelling, experimental analysis and consequences for cross-flow membrane filtration. (2005) Journal of Membrane Science, 2 (1-2). 223-234. ISSN 0376-7388

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.memsci.2004.10.033


This paper discusses the distribution of critical flux (DCF) in cross flow filtration. These distributions are described here by a normal function with a mean critical flux and its standard deviation. The DCF model allows the description, through an analytical relationship, of the variation in steady state permeate flux with trans-membrane pressure. Both strong and weak forms of critical flux, which can be observed on a membrane operating in cross-flow mode, are depicted. A simple graphical method to determine the mean critical flux and its standard deviation from experimental results is derived from the theoretical model. The theoretical trends are compared to experimental data and show good agreement for cross flow filtration of latex and BSA suspensions. The distribution function parameters obtained by fitting the DCF model to experiments are compared to critical flux measured via a pressure step method. We thus propose a tool to analyse filtration results and to determine new global parameters for critical conditions (mean value and its standard deviation), which appears to be a good way to account for fouling complexity.

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Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Laboratory name:
Laboratoire de Génie Chimique - LGC (Toulouse, France) - Génie des Interfaces & Milieux Divisés (GIMD)
Deposited On:04 Nov 2008 14:07

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