Performances of Reverse Osmosis Membranes for Treatment of Olive Mill Wastewater

Coskun T., Yildirim A., Balcik C., Manav Demir N., Debik E.

CLEAN-SOIL AIR WATER, vol.41, pp.463-468, 2013 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 41
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.1002/clen.201200075
  • Journal Name: CLEAN-SOIL AIR WATER
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.463-468
  • Yıldız Technical University Affiliated: Yes


In the following study, two methods were employed in which olive mill wastewaters were treated by using reverse osmosis membranes (BW30 and XLE). In the first, wastewater was centrifuged and then passed through the reverse osmosis whereas in the second, an ultrafiltration was placed between the centrifuge and the reverse osmosis. The reverse osmosis experiments were conducted under 10, 15, 20, and 25bar. The chemical oxygen demand (COD) removal efficiencies under 25bar were found to be 97.5% for both BW30 and XLE membranes. The highest conductivity removal rates obtained under 25bar for BW30 and XLE membranes were found to be 95.6 and 96.2%, respectively. As for the highest permeation flux values obtained under 25bar, they were separately determined for BW30 and XLE as 15.3 and 21.2Lm2h1, respectively. The performances of the membranes were also evaluated in terms of their mass transfer coefficients. According to this, all mass transfer coefficients were found to be <1 and also in proximate to one another; this clearly reflects the results as COD and conductivity removals were approximate and there was a lack of any significant difference, whether ultrafiltration was applied or not.