Development of an automated, advanced fluid dynamic gauge for cake fouling studies in cross-flow filtrations
Journal article, 2016

Fluid dynamic gauging (FDG) has previously been demonstrated as a technique for the estimation of fouling layer thickness during membrane filtration. Subsequently, FDG has been developed to allow faster, more accurate, and automated readings. Previous experimental data has been re-examined and shortcomings of the methodology used are discussed. In this work the operating procedures of FDG were refined and tested with a mixture of sticky, amorphous foulant and monodispersed glass spheres. The results demonstrate how cake growth rates can be confidently estimated in-situ. The technique also provides strong evidence of a difference in cake structure through destructive thickness testing, despite cake thicknesses being almost equivalent.





Cake thickness


William Lewis

University of Bath

Alexandra Agg

University of Bath

Adam Clarke

University of Bath

Tuve Mattsson

Chalmers, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Chemical Technology, Forest Products and Chemical Engineering

Wallenberg Wood Science Center (WWSC)

John Chew

University of Bath

Michael Bird

University of Bath

Sensors and Actuators, A: Physical

0924-4247 (ISSN)

Vol. 238 1 282-296

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