Ingredient-wise study of flux characteristics in the ceramic membrane filtration of uncontaminated synthetic metalworking fluids, Part 2: Analysis of underlying mechanisms

Steven J. Skerlos, N. Rajagopalan, Richard E. DeVor, Shiv G. Kapoor, V. Don Angspatt

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Abstract

Part 2 of this paper reveals the predominant mechanism of flux decline during microfiltration of the synthetic MWF described in Part 1 of this paper. An analysis of flux data obtained during the experimental investigation suggests that adsorptive interactions occur at the membrane surface. Field Emission Environmental Scanning Electron Microscopy (FE-ESEM) images of aluminum oxide membranes after MWF microfiltration illustrate that adsorption leads to a reduction in pore diameter that serves to reduce flux. The majority of the adsorption is accounted for by a single lubricant additive in the MWF formulation. FE-ESEM images also reveal that the mechanism of flux decline for the defoamer varies depending on the presence of lubricant additive in solution. In the absence of lubricant additive, the defoamer forms a cake layer at the membrane surface. In the presence of the lubricant additive, the defoamer adsorbs to the surface of the membrane with the lubricant additive to constrict pores. In contrast to the lubricant additive and defoamer, base fluid flux decline observed after specialty additive exposure cannot be accounted for by adsorption leading to pore constriction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)746-752
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, Transactions of the ASME
Volume122
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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