Modeling and design optimization for pleated membrane filters

Yixuan Sun, Pejman Sanaei, Lou Kondic, Linda J. Cummings

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Pleated membrane filters, which offer larger surface area to volume ratios than unpleated membrane filters, are used in a wide variety of applications. However, the performance of the pleated filter, as characterized by a flux-throughput plot, indicates that the equivalent unpleated filter provides better performance under the same pressure drop. Earlier work [Sanaei, Richardson, Witelski, and Cummings, J. Fluid Mech. 795, 36 (2016)JFLSA70022-112010.1017/jfm.2016.194] used a highly simplified membrane model to investigate how the pleating effect and membrane geometry affect this performance differential. In this work, we extend this line of investigation and use asymptotic methods to couple an outer problem for the flow within the pleated structure to an inner problem that accounts for the pore structure within the membrane. We use our model to formulate and address questions of optimal membrane design for a given filtration application.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number044306
JournalPhysical Review Fluids
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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