Membrane separations - 2014

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Class date(s): 08 October 2014
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Please use these references to read ahead, or for extra background reading on membranes.

  • Ghosh, R. "Principles of Bioseparations Engineering", Chapter 11, McMaster (reserve)
  • Geankoplis, C.J. "Transport Processes and Separation Process Principles", Chapter 13 in 3rd and 4th edition, McMaster Libraries (reserve)
  • Seader, Henley and Roper, "Separation Process Principles", Chapter 14 in 2nd and 3rd edition McMaster Libraries (reserve)
  • Richardson and Harker, "Chemical Engineering, Volume 2", 5th edition, Chapter 8 ebook
  • Perry's Chemical Engineers' Handbook, Chapter 20.4, Direct link (McMaster subscription)
  • Schweitzer, "Handbook of Separation Techniques for Chemical Engineers", Chapter 2.1, McMaster library
  • Wankat, "Separation Process Engineering", 2nd edition, chapter 16 McMaster library


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Date Class number Topic Slides for class Video and audio files References and Notes
08 October 06C

Membrane overview


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An important and useful reference that you should read as self-study described how membranes are made (requires a McMaster internet connection).

10 October 06D

Membranes: microfiltration


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14 October 07A

Membranes: microfiltration and ultrafiltration


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15 October 07B

Membranes: a guest lecture

Slides (due to copyright restrictions, you need to be on campus to access these; use MacSecure or a VPN)

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The GE Osmonics Membrane Handbook is a great resource that shows how to design and operate a membrane plant.

21 October 08A

Membranes: ultrafiltration theory and examples


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22 October 08B

Membranes: more ultrafiltration examples


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See one way in which pressure energy can be recovered from the retentate stream. This saves on operating costs.

24 October 08C

Membranes: we start the next section on Reverse Osmosis (RO)


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28 October 09A

Membranes: we complete the RO section with problems; and also reviewed the entire Membrane topic in the context of the flux equation.


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The abstract from this article should now make sense to you, after the past few weeks of classes on membranes.