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Title: Forward osmosis organic fouling: Effects of organic loading, calcium and membrane orientation
Authors: Parida, V.
Ng, H.Y. 
Keywords: Calcium
Forward osmosis
Fouling layer resistance
Membrane orientation
Membrane resistance
Organic fouling
Issue Date: 1-Mar-2013
Citation: Parida, V., Ng, H.Y. (2013-03-01). Forward osmosis organic fouling: Effects of organic loading, calcium and membrane orientation. Desalination 312 : 88-98. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: In this study, organic fouling behavior of forward osmosis (FO) membrane operated in FO mode (i.e., the dense layer facing the feed solution) and pressure retarded osmosis (PRO) mode (i.e., the porous layer facing the feed solution) was investigated. Organic foulants prepared from the reverse osmosis reject of a water reclamation plant were used at low concentration. The results on the effect of membrane orientation on fouling revealed that in the PRO mode, the FO membrane fouled more easily than when operated in the FO mode, and the fouling became more severe with increasing organic concentration in the feed solution. With TOC of 50ppm and lesser, even in the presence of 5mM Ca2+, minimal membrane fouling was observed in the FO mode, corroborating membrane resilience. In the PRO mode, severe membrane fouling was observed when Ca2+ was present together with 30 and 50ppm of TOC in the feed solution. The fouling layer resistance in the absence of Ca2+ was found to be an order of magnitude lower than the membrane inherent resistance. However, in the presence of 5mM Ca2+, the fouling layer resistance was higher, but in the same order of magnitude as the membrane inherent resistance. © 2012 Elsevier B.V.
Source Title: Desalination
ISSN: 00119164
DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2012.04.029
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