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Development of a novel corrugated polyvinylidene difluoride membrane via improved imprinting technique for membrane distillation

Mat Nawi, Normi Izati and Bilad, Muhammad Roil and Zolkhiflee, Nurazrina and Nordin, Nik Abdul Hadi and Lau, Woei Jye and Narkkun, Thanitporn and Faungnawakij, Kajornsak and Arahman, Nasrul and Indra Mahlia, Teuku Meurah (2019) Development of a novel corrugated polyvinylidene difluoride membrane via improved imprinting technique for membrane distillation. Polymers, 11 (5). p. 865. ISSN 2073-4360

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/polym11050865


Membrane distillation (MD) is an attractive technology for desalination, mainly because its performance that is almost independent of feed solute concentration as opposed to the reverse osmosis process. However, its widespread application is still limited by the low water flux, low wetting resistance and high scaling vulnerability. This study focuses on addressing those limitations by developing a novel corrugated polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF) membrane via an improved imprinting technique for MD. Corrugations on the membrane surface are designed to offer an effective surface area and at the same time act as a turbulence promoter to induce hydrodynamic by reducing temperature polarization. Results show that imprinting of spacer could help to induce surface corrugation. Pore defect could be minimized by employing a dual layer membrane. In short term run experiment, the corrugated membrane shows a flux of 23.1 Lm-2h-1 and a salt rejection of > 99%, higher than the referenced flat membrane (flux of 18.0 Lm-2h_asuf and similar rejection). The flux advantage can be ascribed by the larger effective surface area of the membrane coupled with larger pore size. The flux advantage could be maintained in the long-term operation of 50 h at a value of 8.6 Lm-2h-1. However, the flux performance slightly deteriorates over time mainly due to wetting and scaling. An attempt to overcome this limitation should be a focus of the future study, especially by exploring the role of cross-flow velocity in combination with the corrugated surface in inducing local mixing and enhancing system performance.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Corrugated membrane, Membrane distillation
Subjects:T Technology > TP Chemical technology
Divisions:Chemical and Energy Engineering
ID Code:87476
Deposited By: Widya Wahid
Deposited On:08 Nov 2020 12:05
Last Modified:08 Nov 2020 12:05

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