Hydrodynamic characterization of membrane spacers

Hydrodynamic characterization of membrane spacers

Internship Description

Membrane spacers are important for the energy consumption, rejection of unwanted components and robustness towards membrane fouling. The mass transfer rate and friction losses in a spacer filled channel are usually expressed as generalized semi-empirical relations. The objective of this project is to experimentally establish these semi-empirical relations for several available membrane spacers, and to correlate these relations with dimensions of the spacers.​


The student should deliver a set of semi-empirical mass transfer and friction relations, analyze the effect of spacer geometry on these relations, and critically evaluate the currently used generalized relations.​ 

Faculty Name

Johannes Vrouwenvelder

Field of Study

Chemical & Biological Engineering