Study on the Mechanism of Humic Acid on Ultrafiltration Membrane

Study on the Mechanism of Humic Acid on Ultrafiltration Membrane

Yuewen Sun, Anchao Geng
College of Ocean Science and Engineering, Shanghai Maritime University, Shanghai 201306, China.

American Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences

In view of the problem of clogging of ultrafiltration membrane in ultrafiltration process, the contamination mechanism of humic acid solution on ultrafiltration membrane was studied in depth. Through the ultrafiltration test of different concentrations of humic acid solution, it was found that humic acid can cause pollution to the ultrafiltration membrane, and the higher the humic acid concentration, the more serious the membrane contamination. The introduction of calcium carbonate particles can delay the progress of ultrafiltration membrane fouling in the initial stage of ultrafiltration, but as the ultrafiltration time increases, the membrane fouling rate increases rapidly. The kaolin particles can aggravate the contamination of the ultrafiltration membrane by humic acid, and the contamination can be washed away by the aqueous sodium hydroxide solution. The introduction of calcium ions can significantly aggravate membrane fouling and polymerize humic acid molecular chains. Sodium hydroxide and sodium hypochlorite alkali solution can effectively remove the humic acid pollution on the ultrafiltration membrane, wherein the sodium hydroxide solution has better cleaning effect, and the calcium carbonate-containing pollutant can be washed with a citric acid solution.

Keywords:  Ultrafiltration membrane; Humic acid; Membrane fouling; Calcium ion; Kaolin.

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Yuewen Sun, Anchao Geng. Study on the Mechanism of Humic Acid on Ultrafiltration Membrane. American Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences, 2019, 2:11. DOI: 10.28933/ajbas-2019-04-2007


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