Permeate flux modeling of membrane distillation
Vahdati, M. (1999) Permeate flux modeling of membrane distillation. Filtration and Separation, 36 (1). pp. 49-53. ISSN 0015-1882
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To link to this article DOI: 10.1016/S0015-1882(99)80017-2
This paper concerns the modeling of membrane distillation. The model developed has been used to predict permeate fluxes using different initial operating conditions. PVDF and PTFE membranes were successfully used in a flat plate module to experimentally confirm the theoretical results. The correlation between theory and experiment was close for both membranes. The PTFE membranes produced higher fluxes than PVDF. A Versapor membrane was also used for this work. This membrane is a composite, with a thin porous layer on a support layer. It was found not to be suitable for membrane distillation. A comparison of the heat flux was also carried out. Again, there was good correlation between theory and experiment