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Establishing the relationship between water characteristics and fouling of membranes used in water reuse

Funding: 2006: $7,500
2007: $7,500

Project Member(s): Vigneswaran, S., Ngo, H.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (ARC Linkage International)

Start year: 2006

Summary: Water reuse becomes increasingly important in maintaining the environmental quality and releasing unrelenting pressure on natural fresh water sources. Membrane process is a key to obtaining suitable water quality for water reuse. However, problems associated with fouling during membrane operations prevent their application. A rational method will be developed in this study to link the wastewater characteristics with membrane fouling and tested with membrane units. This will form a new methodology in selecting the membrane and pre-treatment for water reuse. To achieve this, we propose to form a partnership which combines the research capacities of Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST), Korea and Yale University (YU), USA. '',

Keywords: Water reuse, Wastewater, Wastewater characterisation, Colloidal and dissolved organics, Membrane fouling, Fouling index,

FOR Codes: Water and Sanitary Engineering, Chemical Engineering not elsewhere classified, Prevention and treatment of pollution, Waste management and recycling, Water Resources Engineering, Water resources engineering