(293a) Computer Program for Filter Media Design Optimization
- Conference: AIChE Annual Meeting
- Year: 2007
- Proceeding: 2007 Annual Meeting
- Group: Separations Division
- Time: Tuesday, November 6, 2007 - 3:30pm-3:55pm
This paper presents a computational approach for designing, mixed fiber filter media for depth filtration. The goal is to find an optimum solution, given the range, for a set of design parameters: thickness of the media, diameter of microfiber, and diameter of nanofiber, surface area ratio of nanofiber to microfiber and mass of microfiber. The objective of this work is to develop a software program that can be used as an aid to accelerate filter design and reduce the number of laboratory experiments. This program applies a Genetic Algorithm to search for an optimum filter media design based on Quality Factor which quantifies the filter performance. A user friendly computer program is developed that provides inputs, outputs and controls to design a filter media. The program provides a starting point for constructing filter media for testing and design for particular applications.
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