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Fouling in membrane desalination: A Western Australian perspective

Robinson, R. and Ho, G.E. (1991) Fouling in membrane desalination: A Western Australian perspective. Water, 18 (4). pp. 25-28.

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Abstract

The purification of water by membrane processes alters feedwater equilibrium in the separation phase which has the tendency to promote a decline in the performance and eventually to complete blockage, or fouling, of the membrane. This paper investigates the main agents causing fouling in the reverse osmosis (RO) membrane, and methods for their control or elimination by pretreatment of the feedwater.

A summary table of fouling causes and remedies has been compiled. Recommendations for treatment of typical Western Australian brackish groundwater for drinking use are proffered.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Environmental Science
Publisher: Australian Water Association
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/22134
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