Experiments

The process unit enables to develop and analyze the following issues:

  • Effect of operating pressure
  • Effect of feed flow rate
  • Effect of UV light treatment, sterilization of permeate (optional)
  • Concentrate and permeate ratio
  • Optimizing reverse osmosis process
  • Automatic PID control (optional)
  • Assembly, cleaning and conservation of membrane modules
  • Fundamental principle of reverse osmosis
  • Van’t Hoff’s law
  • Permeate flow rate and retention dependent on Pressure
  • Salt concentration in raw water
  • Yield
  • Determination of diffusion coefficients

Specifications

  • Framework stainless steel with castors
  • Process flow diagram in front of panel.
  • Safety pressure switch
  • Osmosis membrane with housing of stainless steel
  • Bourdon type pressure gauge for feed and retentate
  • Flowmeter for retantate and permeate
  • Microprocessor conductivity meter with sensor
  • Removal of solvent from a salt solution using reverse osmosis
  • Polyamide spiral wound membrane module
  • Piston pump with pulsation damper for pressure generation
  • Overflow valve to adjust the pressure upstream of the membrane module
  • Valve to adjust the retentate flow rate
  • Raw water tank with stirring machine to prepare a salt solution of up to 4% max.
  • Tank for distilled water to flush through the spiral wound membrane module
  • Tank to collect the permeate
  • Safety cutout to protect the pump against dry running
  • UV lamp for sterilizing permeate (optional)
  • Pump for transferring permeate to UV lamp (optional)

Reverse Osmosis Pilot Plant demonstrates a process when a solvent is subjected to a hydrostatic pressure larger than the osmotic pressure, reverse osmosis occurs, which is a process by which a porous membrane allows a solvent to travel through it in the opposite direction from how natural osmosis works.
In a tank equipped with a stirring device, a solution of sodium chloride is mixed to a specific concentration (up to 4 % maximum). The solution is delivered to the spiral wrapped membrane module by a pump. The pressure required for separation is created by the pump.

Numerous membrane envelopes make up the spiral wound membrane module. A porous spacer sits in between two membranes to form a membrane envelope. The membrane envelope is attached to the perforated permeate collection tube on its fourth, open side. Membrane is sealed from all three sides. To guarantee axial flow of the salt solution, additional spacers have been added between the envelopes. The membrane envelopes and spacers are spirally coiled around the permeate collection tube. At the module’s front face, the salt solution enters and moves axially between the envelopes. The semi-permeable membrane allows water to pass through (permeate), but not dissolved sodium chloride. Water is forced through the membrane and into the envelopes by the applied pressure. The water in the envelopes exits the module axially and spirals toward the permeate collection tube. The removal of the water causes the solution to become more concentrated as it passes through the module. It returns to the raw water tank after leaving the module as retentate.

A different tank is used to collect the permeate. There is an additional tank with distilled water available to flush the spiral wound membrane module.

Valves enable the adjustment of flow rate and pressure. Salt concentrations in the raw water, retentate, and permeate are measured by taking the corresponding conductivity values in order to determine whether the separation was successful.

Technical Data

Spiral wound membrane module

  • Active area: 1.2m2
  • Raw water flow rate: max, 20L/min
  • Length: approx. 533mm
  • Øapprox. 61mm

Feed Pump

  • Type: Piston with active damper
  • Max. flow rate: approx. 585L/h
  • Max. pressure: approx. 140bar
  • Max. operating pressure: 40bar

Stirring machine

  • Power consumption: 140W
  • Speed: 30~500min-1

Tanks

  • Raw water (salt solution, 4% mx.): approx. 100L
  • Rinsing water (distilled water): approx. 100L
  • Permeate: approx. 10L

Measuring ranges

  • Flow rate: 0.5~7L/min (retentate)
  • Flow rate: 0.5~7L/min (permeate)
  • Temperature: 3x-100~400oC
  • Pressure: 2×0~100bar (manometer)
  • Pressure: 2×0~100bar (sensor)
  • Conductivity: 3×0~200mS/cm

 Software CT-3294SW (optional)

DAQ software specially designed in National Instrument™, LABVIEW™ environment to measure and calculate the results of apparatus. The software is optional and while using software a set of electronic sensors are included. Software can be run with any Windows™ environment.

Scope of Delivery

  • 1 experiment unit
  • 1 instruction manual