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Inorganic Fouling of Pressure-Driven Membrane Processes - A Critical Review
Desalination
  • Saqib Shirazi, Texas Water Development Board
  • Che-Jen Lin, Lamar University
  • Dong Chen, Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-2010
Inclusive pages
236-248
DOI
10.1016/j.desal.2009.02.056
Publisher
Elsevier BV
Place of Publication
Netherlands
ISBN/ISSN
0011-9164
Peer Reviewed
Yes
Abstract

One of the major limitations of the application of membrane processes in water and wastewater treatment is inorganic fouling. Despite the extensive studies on concentration polarization and inorganic scaling in membrane filtration, the fundamental mechanisms and processes involved in inorganic fouling are not fully understood. This paper critically reviews the mechanisms and models of concentration polarization and inorganic fouling in pressure-driven membrane processes. Effects of operating parameters and membrane properties on the formation of inorganic scale at the membrane surface are also evaluated. Future research areas that need to be pursued to alleviate inorganic fouling problems in membrane installations are discussed.

Keywords
  • Membrane filtration; Concentration polarization; Inorganic fouling; Filtration model; Scaling
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Citation Information
Saqib Shirazi, Che-Jen Lin and Dong Chen. "Inorganic Fouling of Pressure-Driven Membrane Processes - A Critical Review" Desalination Vol. 250 Iss. 1 (2010)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/dong_chen/1/