European Journal of Engineering Research and Science | VOL. 4

Flux Optimization in Reverse Osmosis via the Solution-Diffusion Model

Publication Date May 13, 2019


This paper suggests a new method of predicting flux values at reverse osmosis (RO) desalination plants.  The study is initiated by using the solution-diffusion model that is applied to the groundwater source at Abqaiq plant (500 RO plant) at Saudi Aramco, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia in order to calculate the osmotic pressure of the treated water for Shedgum/Abqaiq groundwater. For modelling purposes, the same technique is used to determine the osmotic pressure drops at the same plant configuration and operating conditions when using seawater sources such that of Arabian Gulf and the Red Sea waters. High rejection brackish water RO (BWRO) element Toray TM720D-400 with 8" is the RO membrane type that is used at Abqaiq plant. The calculated osmotic pressures of the three water sources, assuming that they are all treated at Abqaiq plant, are utilized to determine the appropriate flux values as well as membrane resistances of different BWRO Toray membranes. Values of numerous parameters such as water permeability constant, applied pressure, gas constant, water temperature, water molar volume and membrane thickness, water salinity/TDS are taken into account to develop our calculations through the solution-diffusion model. A comparison between low-pressure, standard and high-pressure BWRO Toray membranes performance have been established to select the ideal membrane type for the treatment of water from various sources at Abqaiq plant. The model results confirm an inverse relationship between the membrane thickness and the water flux rate...

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Brackish Water Reverse Osmosis
Reverse Osmosis
Solution-diffusion Model
Water Permeability Constant
Lower Membrane Resistance
Red Sea Waters
Water Molar Volume
Water Flux Rate
Membrane Thickness
Higher Flux Rates

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