The Correction of the Dimensionless Equation for the Mass Transfer Coefficient Estimation during the Membrane Modules Regeneration

Author(s): Huliienko S. V.1*, Korniienko Y. M.1, Metlina M. S.1, Tereshenko I. Y.1, Kaminskyi V. S.2

1 National Technical University of Ukraine “Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute”, 37, Peremohy Ave., 03056 Kyiv, Ukraine;
2 Technical University of Kosice, 9, Letna St., 042 00 Kosice, Slovak Republic

*Corresponding Author’s Address: [email protected]

Issue: Volume 7, Issue 2 (2020)

Paper received: September 27, 2020
The final version of the paper received: December 12, 2020
Paper accepted online: December 21, 2020

Huliienko S. V., Korniienko Y. M., Metlina M. S., Tereshenko I. Y., Kaminskyi V. S. (2020). The correction of the dimensionless equation for the mass transfer coefficient estimation during the membrane modules regeneration. Journal of Engineering Sciences, Vol. 7(2), pp. F24–F29, doi: 10.21272/jes.2020.7(2).f4

DOI: 10.21272/jes.2020.7(2).f4

Research Area:  CHEMICAL ENGINEERING: Processes in Machines and Devices

Abstract. The cleaning or regeneration of fouled membrane modules is an essential procedure in the membrane equipment operation. Despite the development of some successful cleaning techniques, the predictions of the membrane separation process operation parameters after regeneration is still an unsolved problem. In our previous works, the attempt to develop the methodology of estimating the membrane productivity after the regeneration of the fouled spiral wound membrane modules by cleaning the subatmospheric pressure has been made. However, this methodology requires some improvement, including the correction of the dimensionless equation to calculate the mass transfer coefficient. In this work, a set of additional experiments was carried out, and the corrections of the mass transfer correlation were done using both new and previously obtained experimental data. As a result, the improved dimensionless equation was contained as Sh = 0.00045Re0.8Sc0.33(de/l). This equation is valid in the range of Reynolds number variation of 0.4–60.0 for the case of the regeneration of spiral wound modules and can be used for the prediction of the permeate flux after the regeneration procedure.

Keywords: reverse osmosis, fouling, cleaning, mass transfer correlation, diffusion coefficient, Reynolds number, Schmidt number, Sherwood number.


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