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Title: Improved nylon 6, 6 nanofiber membrane in a tilted panel filtration system for fouling control in microalgae harvesting
Journal: Polymers
Author: 1. Normi Izati Mat Nawi, Nur Syakinah Abd Halim, Leong Chew Lee, Mohd Dzul Hakim Wirzal, Muhammad Roil Bilad, Nik Abdul Hadi Nordin, Zulfan Adi Putra
Year: 2020
Address: 1. Chemical Engineering Department, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Seri Iskandar, Perak 32610, Malaysia
Abstract: The competitiveness of algae as biofuel feedstock leads to the growth of membrane filtration as one of promising technologies for algae harvesting. Nanofiber membrane (NFM) was found to be efficient for microalgae harvesting via membrane filtration, but it is highly limited by its weak mechanical strength. The main objective of this study is to enhance the applicability of nylon 6,6 NFM for microalgae filtration by optimizing the operational parameters and applying solvent vapor treatment to improve its mechanical strength. The relaxation period and filtration cycle could be optimized to improve the hydraulic performance. For a cycle of 5 min., relaxation period of ≤2 min shows the highest steady-state permeability of 365 ± 14.14 L m−2 h−1 bar−1, while for 10 min cycle, 3 min. of relaxation period was found optimum that yields permeability of 402 ± 34.47 L m−2 h−1 bar−1. The treated nylon 6,6 NFM was also used to study the effect of aeration rate. It is confirmed that the aeration rate enhances the steady-state performance for both intermittent and continuous mode of aeration. Remarkably, intermittent aeration shows 7% better permeability than the full aeration for all tested condition, which is beneficial for reducing the total energy consumption.
Keywords: microalgae harvesting, nylon 6,6, nanofiber membrane, membrane fouling, membrane filtration
Application: Membrane
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