RO desalination: a structural analysis of feed water quality and membrane performance

Amos Bick, Samuel Shye

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This paper is a product of a research project on membrane behavior of reverse osmosis systems and concerns the construction of a rational set of items for assessing membrane performance. It places special emphasis on characterizing membrane performance, by means of facet analysis, in terms of its components. The discussion provides the rationale for a model concerning the interrelationships among components of performance data such as pH, chlorine content, SDI, temperature and pressure and desalination function such as permeate flow and salt rejection. Using data from membrane producers, the model is formulated and tested concerning the internal structure of the concept. This model can be used to gain a better understanding the behaviour of membranes under different sets of operating conditions and to find the operating conditions under which the membranes work best.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
Specialist publicationInternational Water and Irrigation
StatePublished - 1 Apr 1995
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aquatic Science
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology


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