Heat-and-Mass Transfer Relationship to Determine Shear Stress in Tubular Membrane Systems

Nicolas Rios Ratkovich, P.R. Berube, I. Nopens

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Abstract

The main drawback of Membrane Bioreactors (MBRs) is the fouling of the membrane. One way to reduce this fouling is through controlling the hydrodynamics of the two-phase slug flow near the membrane surface. It has been proven in literature that the slug flow pattern has a higher scouring effect to remove particulates due to the high shear rates and high mass transfer between the membrane surface and the bulk region. However, to calculate the mass transfer coefficient in an efficient and accurate way is not straightforward. Indeed, for accurate determination, numerous complex experimental measurements are required. Therefore, this work proposes an alternative method that uses already existing heat transfer relationships for two phase flow and links them through a dimensionless number to the mass transfer coefficient (Sherwood number) to obtain an empirical relationship which can be used to determine the shear stress.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationASME-ATI-UIT 2010 Conference on Thermal and Environmental Issues in Energy Systems : Proceedings
Number of pages6
Publication date2010
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
EventConference on Thermal and Environmental Issues in Energy Systems - Sorrento, Italy
Duration: 16 May 201019 May 2010

Conference

ConferenceConference on Thermal and Environmental Issues in Energy Systems
CountryItaly
CitySorrento
Period16/05/201019/05/2010

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    Ratkovich, N. R., Berube, P. R., & Nopens, I. (2010). Heat-and-Mass Transfer Relationship to Determine Shear Stress in Tubular Membrane Systems. In ASME-ATI-UIT 2010 Conference on Thermal and Environmental Issues in Energy Systems: Proceedings