Hybrid coagulation–NF membrane process for brackish water treatment

Effect of antiscalant on water characteristics and membrane fouling

W. L. Ang, A. W. Mohammad, A. Benamor, Nidal Hilal, C. P. Leo

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    Antiscalants have been used to inhibit the formation of scales and reduce the risk of membrane scaling. However, issues such as the increased of biofouling tendency and contradictory observations of organic fouling propensity under the influence of antiscalants have been reported by other researchers. Such observations indicate the need for thorough understanding about the interaction between antiscalants and membrane/foulants in the solution. This study investigated the influence of antiscalant on the water characteristics and the performance of hybrid coagulation–nanofiltration membrane process for brackish water treatment. It was observed that scaling was mitigated with the addition of antiscalants but membrane fouling was exacerbated at higher dosage, probably due to the changes in foulant properties induced by antiscalants. Analysis carried out on the water showed that antiscalants altered the characteristics of the foulants and formed precipitates with calcium/aluminum and iron (from coagulant) ions, which eventually deposited as foulant layer on the membrane surface. This was proven with the existence of phosphorous element on the membrane surface using SEM–EDX. The findings demonstrated how the antiscalants altered the water characteristics and provided insight into the reactivity of antiscalants present in different concentrations, which could be used to interpret the contradicting findings from other researchers.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)144-150
    Number of pages7
    JournalDesalination
    Volume393
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

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    Membrane fouling
    Water treatment
    brackish water
    fouling
    water treatment
    membrane
    Membranes
    Water
    water
    Biofouling
    Coagulants
    Fouling
    Aluminum
    biofouling
    Precipitates
    Calcium
    Iron
    Saline Waters
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    Keywords

    • Antiscalants
    • Brackish water desalination
    • Hybrid coagulation–membrane process
    • Membrane fouling
    • Scaling
    • Water treatment

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Chemistry(all)
    • Chemical Engineering(all)
    • Materials Science(all)
    • Water Science and Technology
    • Mechanical Engineering

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    Hybrid coagulation–NF membrane process for brackish water treatment : Effect of antiscalant on water characteristics and membrane fouling. / Ang, W. L.; Mohammad, A. W.; Benamor, A.; Hilal, Nidal; Leo, C. P.

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    Ang, W. L. ; Mohammad, A. W. ; Benamor, A. ; Hilal, Nidal ; Leo, C. P. / Hybrid coagulation–NF membrane process for brackish water treatment : Effect of antiscalant on water characteristics and membrane fouling. In: Desalination. 2016 ; Vol. 393. pp. 144-150.
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