Overview of Reverse Osmosis for Chemical Engineers. Part 2: Applications of Transport Models


1 Chemical & Petroleum Engineering, McMaster University

2 Chemical Engineering, McMaster University


This second part of the overview of reverse osmosis investigates the ability of membrane transport models, presented in Part 1, to describe and/or predict membrane performance under different operating conditions. The problem of using the transport models to describe mixed solute systems is also discussed. The emphasis is to provide a simple, practical, and yet comprehensive summary of the most relevant information that will be needed by a chemical engineer trying to apply reverse osmosis membranes to specific applications.