Taking green anti-fouling strategies in dead-end ultrafiltration to the next level

Edwin Zondervan*, Simon Bakker, Maarten Nederlof, Brian Roffel

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In this work we will introduce a hierarchical framework that can be used to optimize an ultrafiltration process that is used for the purification of surface water. Within the suggested framework modelling and optimization of chemical cleaning of membranes were performed. This paper will discuss the proposed model, the quantitative criteria that can be used to select a proper cleaning agent and lastly the optimization procedure on the basis of the dynamic model. Systematic optimization showed that two optimal scenarios for cleaning can be formulated, one in which cleaning time is reduced significantly with respect to a conventional cleaning procedure, and a second one where cleaning time and cleaning agent consumption as well are reduced significantly. These reductions show that the ultrafiltration process can be made sustainable and greener, by systematic optimization of the cleaning process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1589-1595
Number of pages7
JournalChemical Engineering Research and Design
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Chemical cleaning
  • Hierarchical modelling
  • Optimization
  • Ultrafiltration


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