Filtration with Multiple Species of Particles

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Membrane filtration of feed containing multiple species of particles is a common process in the industrial setting. In this work, we propose a model for filtration of a suspension containing multiple particle species (concrete examples of our model are shown in two and three species), each with different affinities for the material of the porous filter membrane. Using the pore shape within the membrane as a design objective, we formulate a number of optimization problems pertaining to effective separation of desired and undesired particles in the special case of two-particle species and we present results showing how properties such as feed composition affect the optimal filter design. In addition, we propose a novel multi-stage filtration strategy, which provides a significant mass yield improvement for the desired particles, and, surprisingly, higher purity of the product as well.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)401-427
Number of pages27
JournalTransport in Porous Media
Issue number2
StatePublished - Sep 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemical Engineering


  • Design optimization
  • Effective separation
  • Mathematical model
  • Membrane filtration


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