Enhancement of Crossflow Ultrafiltration for the Treatment of Stabilized Oily Emulsions

  • Thaksina Poyai Chulalongkorn University
  • Phuntharee Khiewpuckdee Chulalongkorn University
  • Aunnop Wongrueng Chulalongkorn University
  • Pisut Painmanakul Chulalongkorn University
  • Nattawin Chawaloesphonsiya Chulalongkorn University

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Abstract

Separation of stabilized oil droplets was conducted via crossflow ultrafiltration (UF) in a laboratory scale. A plate-and-frame membrane module was operated with two commercial organic membranes: regenerated cellulose (RC) and polyethersulfone (PES). Cutting oil was used for preparing oil-in-water emulsions. Membrane fluxes were observed under varied oil concentrations and transmembrane pressures (TMP). It was found that UF provided oil rejection more than 97% for all operational cases. The optimal operating condition was found at the oil concentration less than 1 g/L and TMP of 2−3 bar. As predicted by Hermia’s model, the dominant fouling mechanism was the cake formation upon the membrane surface. The fouled membrane was effectively regenerated by the sequential cleaning of 0.5N-SDS, 0.1N-NaOH, and 0.01N-EDTA, respectively. The cleaned membrane was acquired with 96% flux recovery (FR) and 55% resistance removal (RR). Additionally, an integration of UF and pretreatments (i.e., chemical destabilization and coalescence) could improve flux decline of the membrane, while satisfactory discharge quality was achieved.

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Author Biographies
Thaksina Poyai

International Program in Hazardous Substance and Environmental Management, Graduate School, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok 10330, Thailand

Center of Excellence on Hazardous Substance Management (HSM), Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok 10330, Thailand

Phuntharee Khiewpuckdee

Department of Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok 10330, Thailand

Aunnop Wongrueng

Center of Excellence on Hazardous Substance Management (HSM), Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok 10330, Thailand

Department of Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand

Pisut Painmanakul

Center of Excellence on Hazardous Substance Management (HSM), Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok 10330, Thailand

Department of Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok 10330, Thailand

Research Unit on Technology for Oil Spill and Contamination Management, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok 10330, Thailand

Research Program on Remediation Technologies for Petroleum Contamination, Center of Excellence on Hazardous Substance Management (HSM), Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok 10330, Thailand

Nattawin Chawaloesphonsiya

Department of Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok 10330, Thailand

Research Unit on Technology for Oil Spill and Contamination Management, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok 10330, Thailand

Published
Vol 23 No 4, Aug 8, 2019
How to Cite
T. Poyai, P. Khiewpuckdee, A. Wongrueng, P. Painmanakul, and N. Chawaloesphonsiya, “Enhancement of Crossflow Ultrafiltration for the Treatment of Stabilized Oily Emulsions”, Eng. J., vol. 23, no. 4, pp. 15-27, Aug. 2019.

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