Direct Contact Membrane Distillation of Dairy Process Streams

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Hausmann, Angela, Sanciolo, Peter, Vasiljevic, Todor, Ponnampalam, Elankovan, Quispe-Chavez, Nohemi, Weeks, Mike and Duke, Mikel ORCID: 0000-0002-3383-0006 (2011) Direct Contact Membrane Distillation of Dairy Process Streams. Membranes, 1 (1). pp. 48-58. ISSN 2077-0375


Membrane distillation (MD) was applied for the concentration of a range of dairy streams, such as whole milk, skim milk and whey. MD of a pure lactose solution was also investigated. Direct contact MD (DCMD) mode experiments were carried out in continuous concentration mode, keeping the warm feed/retentate and cold permeate stream temperatures at 54 °C and 5 °C respectively. Performance in terms of flux and retention was assessed. The flux was found to decrease with an increase of dry-matter concentration in the feed. Retention of dissolved solids was found to be close to 100% and independent of the dry-matter concentration in the feed. Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) of the fouled membranes confirms organics being present in the fouling layer.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.3390/membranes1010048
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Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 0903 Biomedical Engineering
Historical > FOR Classification > 0904 Chemical Engineering
Historical > SEO Classification > 9004 Water and Waste Services
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Institute for Sustainability and Innovation (ISI)
Keywords ResPubID23265, ResPubID23303, milk dairy, direct contact membrane distillation, Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy, fouling layer
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