Osmonics Duraslick membrane elements incorporate an innovative membrane design that is significantly smoother, less fouling and more consistent.
-Less Frequent Cleaning
-Reduction in Energy Usage
-Lower Consumption of Chemicals
-Longer Element Life
8 X 40
7700 Gallons Per Day
2.5 X 40
675 Gallons Per Day
Operating Pressure: 225 PSI
The Membrane Selection Dilemma Membrane surface smoothness is one of the main factors in preventing membrane fouling. When organic material comes into contact with a membrane surface, it inherently finds places to adhere, thus initiating membrane fouling. If the foulant has a biological origin, a potential site for a colony to grow is created wherever a spore attaches to the membrane.
Traditionally, cellulose acetate (CA) membranes with relatively smooth surfaces have been used for surface water applications. While these membranes are typically less susceptible to fouling from organics, CA membranes have a shorter life span and need to operate at almost double the pressure to approach the same salt rejection properties of polyamide (PA) membranes. These drawbacks led GE Osmonics to develop an even smoother membrane solution.
An Extra Membrane Layer Creates a Smoother Membrane Standard polyamide reverse osmosis (RO) and nanofiltration (NF) membranes consist of a polyester backing material followed by a polysulfone ultrafiltration support on which a thin film of polyamide is deposited. This design has an inherent roughness that can be seen on a microscopic level. The peaks and valleys observed on the membrane surface catch colloidal particles and/or contaminants from the feed water, causing fouling.
The innovative addition of a proprietary intermediary layer, as well as membrane chemistry adjustment, has resulted in a membrane with a very smooth and fouling resistant surface. With this 3-layer membrane design incorporated in Duraslick elements, GE Osmonics has succeeded in developing a PA thin film membrane element that decreases the rate of microbial and particulate attachment, has superior membrane stability and chemical compatibility, reduces flux loss, and extends the time between required cleanings.
A Smoother Membrane is Less Fouling The 3-layer membrane in Duraslick elements is considerably less prone to fouling when compared to other competitive low-fouling or standard thin film membranes for difficult waters.
The Yale University study chart, shown here, established that smoothness was the most influential factor in membrane fouling resistance, regardless of operating conditions. The Flux/Time graph and the smoothness comparison table illustrate the correlation between loss of flux and membrane surface smoothness.
All conventional pure water applications using difficult surface and natural feed water sources:
Municipal Drinking Water
Residential Drinking Water
Drinking Water for Restaurants
Drinking Water for Vending Machines
Water for Homes, Hotels, Commercial Laundries and Car Washes
Pure Water for Pharmaceuticals, Laboratories and Electronics
Operating Pressure: 225 PSI