Application of hybrid systems techniques for cleaning and replacement of a RO membrane

Young Geun Lee, Adrian Gambier, Essam Badreddin, Sangho Lee, Dae Ryook Yang, Joon Ha Kim

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An optimal system design as well as advanced fault tolerant control is required to propose a cost-effective design and control of a seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination plant. Contrary to the steady-state model which is useful for only design, a dynamic model is essential to complete a plant design that includes embedded model-based control as well as analysis of transient behavior of a SWRO plant. In this paper, a model for fouling factors (i.e., water and salt transport permeability factors) is proposed to consider the membrane degradation influenced by not only temperature but also time variant fouling. The cycle NCR (Normal operation - Cleaning - Replacement) is also modeled by means of a hybrid automaton for a fault tolerant control. The simulation results of the model, which are generally satisfied to explain the membrane degradation effect, show that it can be feasible to obtain the optimized control using the dynamic hybrid model and applicable to operational cost-saving for SWRO desalination plants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-32
Number of pages8
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Oct

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by a grant (code# C106A1520001-06A085600210) from the Plant Technology Advancement Program funded by the Ministry of Construction & Transportation of the Korean government and Summer Institute Program for Korean Graduate Students by Korea Science and Engineering Foundation (KOSEF).


  • Fouling dynamic model
  • Hybrid supervisor
  • Reverse osmosis (RO) membrane

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • General Materials Science
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering


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