Limited Time Offer

Claim a 25% discount on all eLearning courses (including credentials) with code ELEARN25.

Offer is valid from March 10-31. Public courses excluded from promo. 

Treating Hydraulic Fracturing Flowback Waters: Potential New Membrane Applications

Originally delivered Dec 11, 2013
  • Type:
    Archived Webinar
  • Level:
  • Duration:
    1 hour
  • PDHs:

Share This Post:

This presentation reviews membrane separation processes that could be used to treat hydraulic fracturing flowback waters. The advantages and limitations of these processes are highlighted. Data from commercial treatment facilities is also presented.

Membrane based separation processes are attractive for a number of reasons:  they are often less costly to operate, scale up is frequently easier and they are environmentally benign. Membrane based separations are often ideally suited for niche applications. However membrane fouling frequently compromises their economic viability especially in water treatment applications.

This presentation focuses on the challenges of treating large volumes of high salinity hydraulic fracturing flowback and co-produced water, collectively referred to as ‘produced water.’ Membrane based separation processes may find a niche applications for the treatment of these high salinity produced waters. The viability of conventional membrane based separation processes such as reverse osmosis and nanofiltration may be limited due to membrane fouling and the very high pressures required to treat very high TDs produced waters. However recent advances in membrane distillation and forward osmosis suggest that these newer processes could be well suited to treat high salinity waste waters.

ISWS members may attend for free with a Promo Code.  To receive a Promo Code, please contact Evan Flach at

About ISWS

The International Society for Water Solutions (ISWS) provides a forum for communication and networking among engineers and scientists who share interests in water research and water technology development. Membership in ISWS is open to academic, industrial, and government professionals who share an interest in water research and water technology development. For more information and to become a member go to


Steve Jones

Steve Jones is a Senior Vice President and Director of Water Services for Garver, a multi-discipline consulting engineering firm. Steve has over 30 years experience in the design and implementation of water and wastewater utilities infrastructure.

He serves as senior project manager and provides process design quality control on projects involving conventional and advanced water and wastewater treatment including chemical, physical, and biological systems.

Read more

Dr. Ranil Wickramasinghe

Dr. Ranil Wickramasinghe obtained his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Melbourne, Australia.  He obtained his PhD, also in Chemical Engineering, from the University of Minnesota.  After obtaining his PhD, Professor Wickramasinghe worked in the biotechnology industry for Sepracor Inc. and later Hemasure Inc., in Marlborough, MA as well as Biogen IDEC in Boston, MA.  He joined the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Colorado State University in 1998.  He joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at the...Read more

Once the content has been viewed and you have attested to it, you will be able to download and print a certificate for PDH credits. If you have already viewed this content, please click here to login.



Do you already own this?



AIChE Member Credits 1
AIChE Members $76.00
AIChE Graduate Student Members Free
AIChE Undergraduate Student Members Free
Non-Members $109.00
Webinar content is available with the kind permission of the author(s) solely for the purpose of furthering AIChE’s mission to educate, inform and improve the practice of professional chemical engineering. All other uses are forbidden without the express consent of the author(s).