Membrane Elements

Various hybrid stress methods and assumed strain methods have been used to develop improved membrane elements. Based on the earlier work, Pian and Sumihara proposed a rational approach for assumed stress finite elements in 1983 and presented a Q4-like hybrid stress membrane element. In 1992, Sze et al. used orthogonal stress modes in the four-node quadrilateral membrane elements with drilling degrees of freedom. The enhanced assumed strain method and the assumed natural strain methods are still been employed now by many researchers as an efficient scheme to remove shear locking in the membrane part of reliable and accurate shell elements [6, 13–15]. The numerical integrations are used in all these improved membrane elements. And four-node quadrilateral flat-shell elements are regarded as the most efficient shell element in the dynamic analysis involving surface contacts of panel-like structures .

This is one reason why FILMTEC seawater membrane are more durable and may be cleaned more effectively over a wider pH range (1-13) than other RO elements. The DOW FILMTEC elements is a premium grade seawater reverse osmosis element featuring both high active area and high salt rejection to offer the best long-term economics for seawater desalination systems. In the invention , it is possible to obtain a membrane element enabling the filtration membrane to be kept in tension and joined to the peripheral part of the thermoplastic resin plate by the application of pressure by the hot plate.

Lipid bilayers are generally impermeable to ions and polar molecules. This affords the cell the ability to control the movement of these substances via transmembrane protein complexes such as pores, channels and gates.Flippases and scramblases concentrate phosphatidyl serine, which carries a negative charge, on the inner membrane. Along with NANA, this creates an extra barrier to charged moieties moving through the membrane. L. Nicolson , which replaced the earlier model of Davson and Danielli, biological membranes can be considered as a two-dimensional liquid in which lipid and protein molecules diffuse more or less easily.

The radially spiralling feed flow path of the invention offers a much longer potential net flow path length than the traditional axial flow direction for the industry’s standard spiral modules. This affords correspondingly greater flow conversions without reduction in permeate volume or quality. However, this novel flow path design requires a high pressure seal between the feed and permeate streams located outside of the membrane envelope; a requirement which is not necessary in the standard spiral module flow geometry. Such a pressure seal is producable using an adhesive and a compatible bonding surface. Not only must the bonding surface be compatible with the sealing adhesive, it must also act as a shield for the product water carrier to insure an unobstructed pathway for the exiting permeate.

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Design modifications of the RFP element can reduce or virtually eliminate such feed velocity changes. A preferred embodiment of the invention utilizes a novel option inherently provided by the RFP to internally “stage” a single element. Accordingly, two, three or more membrane envelopes of different lengths can be wound about a single core tube yielding multiple stages as the feed volume decreases along its spiral path (see, e.g., Examples III and IV, infra).

It can be observed that the element local plane has a large difference with the curved element surface. By comparison, the element local planes defined by the local Cartesian coordinate systems established at 2 × 2 Gauss points are more accordant with the curved element surface, as illustrated in Figure 9. In essence, Gaussian integration is the summation of the numerical results at Gauss points, so it is reasonable to believe that the calculation accuracy of the numerical integration can be improved by establishing the local Cartesian coordinate system at each Gauss point. However, when the curvature of element surface is large, the numerical results are still not very accurate in this local Cartesian coordinate system. Therefore, in order to further enhance the precision of the calculation, the origin of the local Cartesian coordinate system can be set at the Gauss points.

The five strain parameters in are independent of each other so that the assumed element strain field given in can meet the rank requirements of element stiffness matrix . When performing a cleaning of a RO system, the first 20% of the cleaning solution is flushed through the membranes directly to drain, instead of circulating. This will prevent contamination of the cleaning solution with loose foulants and large suspended solids.

However, it is once again one would ask that whether it is feasible to use only one layer of irregular membrane elements to model the bending problems of beams. Three different meshes densities shown in Table 6 are used to compute the displacement and stress of the membrane. This skew membrane presents the typical features of the in-plane deformation of plane stress problems in theory of elasticity as the in-plane bending is not the dominant deformation. Therefore, it is a suitable membrane problem to be solved by membrane elements using coarse meshes and it can serve as a good benchmark for the accuracy comparison of membrane elements in real engineering problems. The results in Table 4 show that QCQ4-1 and QCQ4-2 deliver very accurate results for both displacements and stresses, especially when the Poisson effect is taken into account. Furthermore, the comparison of the results in Table 4 indicates that the displacement given by QCQ4-1 and QCQ4-2 can match the accuracy of both the Q6-type membrane elements and the four-node membrane elements with drilling degrees of freedom.

In a preferred embodiment, it is most desirable to coat or laminate a hydraulically impervious film onto the product carrier fabric at the product end thereof to achieve suitable bonding to seal the product end of the element. This coating or film, preferably a polymer film or metal foil must be carefully applied to avoid substantial penetration into the knit permeate fabric which could reduce transport of product through the fabric particularly in a reverse osmosis operation. We have found that this may be accomplished by applying a uniform non-porous polyurethane coating to the surface of the fabric which is to be located at the product end. The polymer coating is of such composition and thickness that it will adhere uniformly to the surface of the fabric even when the fabric is rolled into a tight cylinder in a spiral membrane element. The length of the coating or film should be sufficient to form parallel planar fluid seals about the knitted fabric, usually about 3-12 inches and preferably 6-10 inches long.

Generally, an NF membrane system lets more salt pass than an RO membrane. In addition, an NF membrane element will produce the same quantity of product at 50 to 70% the applied pressure as an RO water treatment system. The fundamental principle of Nanofiltration membrane’s technology is the use of pressure to separate soluble ions from water through a semi permeable membrane.

1 is cylindrical in shape and contains an “O” ring seal 6b to prevent leakage of concentrate into the porous plate 5. To insure sufficient encapsulation of the membrane element 1 it is preferable that the product end cup 9b length be about 6 inches, and about 3 inches in the case of the feed-side end cup 9a. The two ends of the membrane element 1 are potted in the end cups 9a and 9b individually, usually starting with the product end followed by the feed end, often on the following day. During the encapsulation process the element may be placed in a pressure chamber and blanketed with nitrogen, at e.g., 50 psig, to insure a bubble and void free seal. 1 is a cut-away view illustrating the spiral wound RFP membrane element of the invention within an external cylindrical pressure housing.

Reliable membrane material provides a robust performance in either Anodic/Cathodic electrocoat process conditions. The permeability of a membrane is the rate of passive diffusion of molecules through the membrane. Permeability depends mainly on the electric charge and polarity of the molecule and to a lesser extent the molar mass of the molecule. Due to the cell membrane’s hydrophobic nature, small electrically neutral molecules pass through the membrane more easily than charged, large ones. The inability of charged molecules to pass through the cell membrane results in pH partition of substances throughout the fluid compartments of the body. The ER, which is part of the endomembrane system, which makes up a very large portion of the cell’s total membrane content.

With such a broad range of products, such as high salt rejection or ultra-low pressure elements, the optimum element can be selected for any application ranging from ultrapure process water to seawater desalination. AXEON HF1 – Series Membrane Elements are manufactured using the industry’s leading membrane film technology. These membranes offer reliability, high performance and deliver consistent results.