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Modelling of air gap membrane distillation and its application in heavy metals removal / Hadi Attia, Muhammad S. Osman, Daniel Johnson, Chris Wright, Nidal Hilal, Christopher Wright

Desalination, Volume: 424, Pages: 27 - 36

Swansea University Authors: Daniel Johnson, Nidal Hilal, Christopher Wright

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In the present study, theoretical and experimental investigations were carried out to examine the effect of changing the operating parameters of an air gap membrane distillation (AGMD) system on the performance of electrospun and commercial membranes. These parameters include feed, cooling water tem...

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Published in: Desalination
ISSN: 00119164
Published: 2017
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa35638
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Abstract: In the present study, theoretical and experimental investigations were carried out to examine the effect of changing the operating parameters of an air gap membrane distillation (AGMD) system on the performance of electrospun and commercial membranes. These parameters include feed, cooling water temperature and feed flow rate. Analytical models were used, with the aid of MATLAB, to predict the permeate flux of AGMD based on heat and mass transfer. Heat transfer was used to predict the temperature on the membrane surface on the feed side and the thin film layer in the cooling plate on the air gap side, which was used later to calculate the vapour pressure and the permeate flux. The molecular diffusion model corresponded well with the experimental measurements in terms of predicting the permeate flux by varying the feed temperature, whilst it was poor in term of coolant temperature and feed flow rate. The results also illustrate that high rejection rates of around 99% of heavy metals can be achieved by using superhydrophobic electrospun membranes. The electrospun membrane flux increased with increasing feed tank temperature and flow rate while it was reduced with an increase of cooling line temperature.
Keywords: Air gap membrane distillation, Experimental and theoretical studies, Superhydrophobic membrane, Heat and mass balance.
College: College of Engineering
Start Page: 27
End Page: 36