Water reclamation from shale gas drilling flow-back fluid using a novel forward osmosis-vacuum membrane distillation hybrid system

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doi: 10.2166/wst.2014.003
Authors:Li Xuemei; Zhao Baolong; Wang Zhouwei; Xie, Ming; Song Jianfeng; Nghiem, Long D.; He Tao; Yang Chi; Li Chunxia; Chen Gang
Author Affiliations:Primary:
Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai Advanced Research Institute, Shanghai, China
University of Wollongong, Australia
Volume Title:Water Science and Technology
Source:Water Science and Technology, 69(5), p.1036-1044. Publisher: IWA Publishing, London, United Kingdom. ISSN: 0273-1223
Publication Date:2014
Note:In English. 38 refs.; illus., incl. 1 table
Summary:This study examined the performance of a novel hybrid system of forward osmosis (FO) combined with vacuum membrane distillation (VMD) for reclaiming water from shale gas drilling flow-back fluid (SGDF). In the hybrid FO-VMD system, water permeated through the FO membrane into a draw solution reservoir, and the VMD process was used for draw solute recovery and clean water production. Using a SGDF sample obtained from a drilling site in China, the hybrid system could achieve almost 90% water recovery. Quality of the reclaimed water was comparable to that of bottled water. In the hybrid FO-VMD system, FO functions as a pre-treatment step to remove most contaminants and constituents that may foul or scale the membrane distillation (MD) membrane, whereas MD produces high quality water. It is envisioned that the FO-VMD system can recover high quality water not only from SGDF but also other wastewaters with high salinity and complex compositions.
Subjects:Controls; Drilling; Energy sources; Enhanced recovery; Experimental studies; Fluid dynamics; Geomembranes; Hydraulic fracturing; Natural gas; Permeability; Petroleum; Pollution; Reclamation; Saline composition; Shale gas; Solubility; Solutes; Techniques; Technology; Waste water; Water pollution; Water quality; Water treatment
Record ID:2014081149
Copyright Information:GeoRef, Copyright 2018 American Geosciences Institute.
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