Advances in Membrane Distillation for Water Desalination and Purification Applications

Date
2013-01-25
Authors
Camacho, Lucy Mar
Dumée, Ludovic
Zhang, Jianhua
Li, Jun-de
Duke, Mikel
Gomez, Juan
Gray, Stephen
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Abstract

Membrane distillation is a process that utilizes differences in vapor pressure to permeate water through a macro-porous membrane and reject other non-volatile constituents present in the influent water. This review considers the fundamental heat and mass transfer processes in membrane distillation, recent advances in membrane technology, module configurations, and the applications and economics of membrane distillation, and identifies areas that may lead to technological improvements in membrane distillation as well as the application characteristics required for commercial deployment.

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membrane distillation, heat transfer, mass transfer, module configurations, water desalination and purification
Citation
Water 5 (1): 94-196 (2013)
Department
Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute