Ceramic membrane filtration of produced water: impact of membrane module

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dc.contributor.author Zsirai, T.
dc.contributor.author Al-Jaml, A. K.
dc.contributor.author Qiblawey, H.
dc.contributor.author Al-Marri, M.
dc.contributor.author Ahmed, A.
dc.contributor.author Bach, S.
dc.contributor.author Watson, S.
dc.contributor.author Judd, Simon J.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-07-17T14:47:47Z
dc.date.available 2018-07-17T14:47:47Z
dc.date.issued 2016-04-01
dc.identifier.citation T. Zsirai, A.K. Al-Jaml, H. Qiblawey, et al., Ceramic membrane filtration of produced water: impact of membrane module. Separation and Purification Technolog, Volume 165, 13 June 2016, Pages 214-221 en_UK
dc.identifier.issn 1383-5866
dc.identifier.uri https://doi.org/10.1016/j.seppur.2016.04.001
dc.identifier.uri http://dspace.lib.cranfield.ac.uk/handle/1826/13346
dc.description.abstract Produced water (PW) generated from oil exploration requires rigorous removal of suspended matter (free oil and particulate solids) as tertiary treatment (downstream of hydrocyclone and gas flotation) if it is to be re-injected into low-permeability reservoirs. The viability of membrane filtration for this duty is largely dependent on sustaining a high membrane flux to minimise the process footprint. A pilot-scale study of PW filtration using crossflow multi-channel ceramic membrane technology has been conducted to identify the appropriate membrane characteristics for sustaining the flux whilst maintaining the required treated water quality. Membranes based on two materials (silicon carbide, SiC, and titanium dioxide, TiO2) and two different pore sizes were challenged with real PW samples taken from oil platforms operating on the Arabian Gulf. The membranes were characterised according to the overall permeability decline rate and the end permeability. Results suggest that SiC membranes outperform TiO2 ones with respect to sustainable permeability under the same operating and maintenance conditions. The SiC microfiltration membrane provided anomalously high permeabilities but also the highest fouling propensity. Results suggest that whilst the high fluxes (1300–1800 L m−2 h−1) are attainable for the technology, this is contingent upon the application of an effective chemical clean. en_UK
dc.language.iso en en_UK
dc.publisher Elsevier en_UK
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International *
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/ *
dc.subject Produced water en_UK
dc.subject Ceramic membranes en_UK
dc.subject Titanium dioxide en_UK
dc.subject Silicon carbide en_UK
dc.subject Permeability en_UK
dc.subject Fouling en_UK
dc.subject Turbidity en_UK
dc.subject O&G en_UK
dc.title Ceramic membrane filtration of produced water: impact of membrane module en_UK
dc.type Article en_UK


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