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Up-scaling transport in porous polymer membranes using asymptotic homogenization

Up-scaling transport in porous polymer membranes using asymptotic homogenization Efficient numerical assessment of performance is particularly important in digital material design of porous materials. This study aims to present an up-scaled approach to virtually investigate permeation of fluids through a real porous filter membrane with a heterogeneous micro-structure.Design/methodology/approachThe method of asymptotic homogenization is applied. The structural parameters of the micro-structure are directly obtained from structural equation modeling image analysis of a commercial filter membrane without fitting procedures. The simulation results are compared to permeation experiments of gaseous nitrogen and liquid water.FindingsThe authors found that variations in the pressure gradients across the membrane, resulting from the heterogeneity of pore structure, need to be considered. Remarkable agreement between simulations and experiments is observed.Originality/valueDespite some research in the field of filtration, no studies on filter membranes have been published yet, although they represent a large segment of filtration technology. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Numerical Methods for Heat & Fluid Flow Emerald Publishing

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
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© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
0961-5539
DOI
10.1108/hff-04-2019-0326
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Abstract

Efficient numerical assessment of performance is particularly important in digital material design of porous materials. This study aims to present an up-scaled approach to virtually investigate permeation of fluids through a real porous filter membrane with a heterogeneous micro-structure.Design/methodology/approachThe method of asymptotic homogenization is applied. The structural parameters of the micro-structure are directly obtained from structural equation modeling image analysis of a commercial filter membrane without fitting procedures. The simulation results are compared to permeation experiments of gaseous nitrogen and liquid water.FindingsThe authors found that variations in the pressure gradients across the membrane, resulting from the heterogeneity of pore structure, need to be considered. Remarkable agreement between simulations and experiments is observed.Originality/valueDespite some research in the field of filtration, no studies on filter membranes have been published yet, although they represent a large segment of filtration technology.

Journal

International Journal of Numerical Methods for Heat & Fluid FlowEmerald Publishing

Published: Jan 15, 2020

Keywords: Homogenization; Membranes; Up-scaling; SEM; Simulations

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