Investigation of hydrodynamic behaviour of membranes using radiotracer techniques
Institute of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology, 03-195 Warsaw, Poland
The aim of the work was to study membrane devices using short-lived radioisotopes like Ba-137m and Ga-68 as tracers. These radioisotopes were obtained from radionuclide generators: Cs-137/Ba-137m and Ge-68/Ga-68. The first radionuclide, namely Ba-137m with a half-life of 2.55 minutes was applied as a liquid phase tracer for studying hydrodynamic conditions inside the membrane apparatus. The membrane module with ceramic membranes was tested by using Ba-137m. The experiments showed that this radionuclide with a short half-life is a perfect tracer for liquid phase, whereas Ga-68 with longer half-life equal to 68 minutes was considered as a solid phase (bentonite) tracer. Ga-68 was used to gain more knowledge about the phenomena occurring in the membrane boundary layer. After kinetic studies of isotope adsorption into the carrier material, the growth rate of the deposit layer as well as deposit's thickness on the flat-sheet membrane were studied. The influence of such process parameters like pressure, linear velocity of liquid and feed concentration on formation of the bentonite layer on the membrane surface was studied.
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