Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Faculty Research

Title

Separation of Water-in-oil Emulsions Using Glass Fiber Media Augmented with Polymer Nanofibers

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Fall 2-6-2007

Abstract

Water‐in‐oil emulsion separations are important to the petrochemical industry for product quality, safety, environmental, and economic reasons. Glass fiber filter media are often used to remove water droplets out of water‐in‐oil emulsions. The experimental results in this work show that 1% by mass of polyamide nanofibers with diameters of about 150 nm added to conventional micron‐sized glass fiber filter media improves the separation efficiency of the filter media from 71 to 84%. The addition of similar amounts of micron‐sized polyamide fibers to the glass fiber media do not improve filter capture efficiency.

Publication Title

Journal of Dispersion Science and Technology

Volume

27

Issue

4

First Page

517

Last Page

522