Philosophy and Design of Reverse Osmosis Membrane Replacement

McCluskey, Jonathan (2020) Philosophy and Design of Reverse Osmosis Membrane Replacement. [USQ Project]

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Water treatment technologies constantly advance as the demand for access to clean water rises above supply. Veolia Water operates multiple water treatment facilities with daily production capacities exceeding 100 ML. Reverse osmosis is a major operation within these facilities and has the ability to remove dissolved salt content from feed water. This process requires consumable membranes which, as they approach their design life or begin to lower in their production capabilities, require replacement.

The current reverse osmosis membrane replacement process requires a high number of operators with a vast amount of manual handling. This project is focused upon reducing manual handling in the membrane replacement that is currently carried out, specifically at QGC Kenya, a water treatment facility operated by Veolia Water. In an industry, and within a company, that constantly strives towards increasing safety culture an engineering solution can reduce the need for manual handling in such operations.

The work produced within this dissertation focuses on the reduction of manual handling. Components which aided this were designed and analysed using finite element analysis methods. The membrane replacement process was redesigned with this focus in mind. Subsequent to the design of the components and the updated methodology, analysis was carried out to provide financial justification for this change in replacement philosophy.

The results of this project allow for future work to be carried out, in the manufacturing and physical testing of the components. Through physical testing, the theoretical values could be confirmed or altered.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (1 Jul 2013 - 31 Dec 2021)
Supervisors: Wandel, Andrew
Qualification: Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical)
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2021 05:49
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2023 04:15

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