A review of CFD modelling and performance metrics for osmotic membrane processes

Toh, K. Y. and Liang, Yong Yeow and Lau, Woei Jye and Weihs, G. A. Fimbres (2020) A review of CFD modelling and performance metrics for osmotic membrane processes. Membranes, 10 (10). pp. 1-30. ISSN 2077-0375. (Published)

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Simulation via Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) offers a convenient way for visualising hydrodynamics and mass transport in spacer-filled membrane channels, facilitating further developments in spiral wound membrane (SWM) modules for desalination processes. This paper provides a review on the use of CFD modelling for the development of novel spacers used in the SWM modules for three types of osmotic membrane processes: reverse osmosis (RO), forward osmosis (FO) and pressure retarded osmosis (PRO). Currently, the modelling of mass transfer and fouling for complex spacer geometries is still limited. Compared with RO, CFD modelling for PRO is very rare owing to the relative infancy of this osmotically driven membrane process. Despite the rising popularity of multi-scale modelling of osmotic membrane processes, CFD can only be used for predicting process performance in the absence of fouling. This paper also reviews the most common metrics used for evaluating membrane module performance at the small and large scales.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: CFD; spiral wound membrane; performance metrics; desalination; modelling
Subjects: T Technology > TP Chemical technology
Faculty/Division: Centre of Excellence: Centre of Excellence for Advanced Research in Fluid Flow
Institute of Postgraduate Studies
Faculty of Chemical and Process Engineering Technology
Depositing User: Noorul Farina Arifin
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2020 03:41
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2020 03:41
URI: http://umpir.ump.edu.my/id/eprint/29658
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