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Title: Different boron rejection behavior in two RO membranes installed in the same full-scale SWRO desalination plant
Authors: Ruiz-García, A. 
León-Zerpa, Federico 
Ramos-Martín, A. 
UNESCO Clasification: 3313 Tecnología e ingeniería mecánicas
Keywords: Seawater
Reverse osmosis
Boron rejection
Operating data
Long-term, et al
Issue Date: 2019
Journal: Desalination (Amsterdam) 
Abstract: Today, one of the main targets of seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) membrane manufacturers is to increase boron rejection. For drinking water, the regulations in Spain are quite strict in terms of maximum boron content. The aim of this work is to propose a prediction model for average boron permeability coefficient as boric acid by evaluating the fluctuations of boron permeate concentration due to the different operating conditions of the plant under study. The SWRO desalination plant used for this study is located in Spain and has 9 trains with a production capacity of around 7200 m³ d⁻¹ per train. Data from about 1500 operating days were considered. Operating data including pressure, conductivity, flow, temperature, pH and boron permeate concentration were collected during the study period. All racks did not have the same number of pressure vessels or operating conditions. Boron permeate concentration was between 0.5 and 2 mg L⁻¹ for the membrane element TM820S-400 and between 0.25 and 0.75 mg L⁻¹ for the membrane element TM820L-440. The model is based on the superposition of three exponential functions considering the influence of feed pressure, feed-brine temperature and operating time. The obtained results with the proposed model showed more adaptable to the experimental data than previous model.
ISSN: 0011-9164
DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2018.07.012
Source: Desalination [ISSN 0011-9164], v. 449, p. 131-138
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