Membrane processes in water treatment

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Course covers description of principles of membrane processes and phenomena ocuring during the membrane filtration which includes cross-flow filtration, vacuum and pressure driven processes, concentration polarization, Donan’s exclusion principle, charged membranes and types of particles. Membrane processes are described according to their pore size and membrane module type (spiral wound, hollow fiber, plate&frame and tubular) as well as the materials for the membranes and their production. Main producers of membranes and uses of membrane technology in water treatment are covered. Special emphasis is given to fouling control.


  1. To compare types of membrane modules and types of membrane processes as well as to choose type of membrane module and type of membrane process for given water treatment.
  2. To create concept design for a water treatment with membrane filtration and to estimate process parameters for the treatment plant.
  3. To analyse causes and mechanisms of membrane fouling and to anticipate procedures for fouling prevention.
  4. To analyse benefits and drawbacks of membrane filtration in comparison with other water treatment processes.


Course   Sati
Lecture 10
seminar 5
Laboratory 8


1. R.W. Baker: Membrane technology and applications, 2nd Edition, John Wiley and sons, Chicester, UK, 2004
2. M. Mulder: Basic principles of membrane technology, Kluver Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, 1996
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