Predictive Tool for Ultrafiltration Performance

EPA Grant Number: R825370C054
Subproject: this is subproject number 054 , established and managed by the Center Director under grant R825370
(EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).

Center: EERC - National Center for Clean Industrial and Treatment Technologies (CenCITT)
Center Director: Crittenden, John C.
Title: Predictive Tool for Ultrafiltration Performance
Investigators: Semmens, Michael J. , Huff, Brian C.
Institution: University of Minnesota , Michigan Technological University
Current Institution: University of Minnesota
EPA Project Officer: Klieforth, Barbara I
Project Period:    
RFA: Exploratory Environmental Research Centers (1992) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Center for Clean Industrial and Treatment Technologies (CenCITT) , Targeted Research


To create a computer model to help design engineers predict membrane performance using global and empirical models.


Currently, we are analyzing existing software and articles that relate to aspects of membrane performance to determine how we might incorporate them into a structured tool. The tool will use empirical relationships extracted from existing data bases and different models as sub-programs and to provide information on expected membrane performance. In addition, the tool will provide feedback on data needs and the recommended approach for data collection.


Membrane separation processes are becoming increasingly popular in a variety of industrial applications since they can be used to separate products for reuse or recovery. However, the performance of the process is difficult to predict apriori since many factors including membrane type, water quality and operating conditions influence process behavior. As a result engineers rely on the recommendations of manufacturers or experimental studies to design a process application.

The intent of this project is to develop a tool that will assist design engineers in selecting a membrane and the best operating conditions for a particular application. It is hoped that the model will improve the design process by providing the engineer with preliminary estimates of membrane performance and recommendations for experimental testing to refine the design.

Publications and Presentations:

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Supplemental Keywords:

RFA, Scientific Discipline, Ecosystem Protection/Environmental Exposure & Risk, Sustainable Industry/Business, cleaner production/pollution prevention, Sustainable Environment, Chemistry, Technology for Sustainable Environment, computing technology, New/Innovative technologies, Chemistry and Materials Science, Engineering, ultrafiltration UF, recovery, membranes, modeling, carbon black, membrane modules, membrane process, reuse, pollution prevention, separation selectivities, membrane technology

Main Center Abstract and Reports:

R825370    EERC - National Center for Clean Industrial and Treatment Technologies (CenCITT)

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