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Title: Fouling control in a woven fibre microfiltration membrane for water treatment
Authors: Chollom, Martha Noro
Rathilal, Sudesh
Pikwa, Kumnandi
May, Lingham 
Keywords: Aeration;Flux enhancement;Fouling;POU;South Africa;Woven fibre membrane
Issue Date: 11-Oct-2019
Publisher: Korean Society of Environmental Engineering
Source: Chollom, M.N., Rathilal, S, Pikwa, K., May, L. 2019. Fouling control in a woven fibre microfiltration membrane for water treatment. Environmental Engineering Research. 24(3): 418-426. doi:10.4491/eer.2018.164
Journal: Environmental Engineering Research; Vol. 24, Issue 3 
Korean Society of Environmental Engineers. Current available commercial membranes are not robust and are therefore destroyed if left to dry out or handled roughly. Woven fibre microfiltration (WFMF) membranes have advantages over its competitors with respect to durability, thus, favourable for the developing economies and operation during rough conditions. Evaluation of the effects of aeration and brushing as a flux enhancement strategies for WFMF membrane was the purpose of this study. The WFMF membrane was found to be susceptible to pore plugging by colloidal material and adsorption/attachment by microbiological contaminants. This led to a 50% loss in flux. Aeration as a single flux enhancement strategy proved insufficient to maintain high flux successfully. Therefore combined flux enhancement strategies yielded the best results.
ISSN: 1226-1025
2005-968X (Online)
DOI: 10.4491/eer.2018.164
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