Faculty Advisor

DiBiasio, David

Faculty Advisor

Zhou, Hong Susan

Center

SHANGHAI / Shanghai, China

Abstract

As the industrial demand for increasingly effective ultrafiltration (UF) membranes rises, the creation of optimized membranes has risen to the forefront of laboratory research. This project studies the cause and effect relationship between combinations of UF membrane design variables and their corresponding performance responses. Using uniform experimental design and linear regression techniques it was possible to produce membranes with superior functionality. It was found that doping of PVC/PVB with PEG-600 or PVP could produce a membrane with increased rejection and water flux values which allows for industrial scale applications. This project was completed succesfully in Shaghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2011

Major

Chemical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Chemical Engineering

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