Hollow fiber for liquid-liquid extraction

S. R. Wicksramasinghe, Michael J. Semmens, E. L. Cussler

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Existing hollow fiber contactors are often designed to maximize mass transfer per volume. Such designs make sense for applications in heart-lung machines but not for commercial membrane separations. For commercial separations, better designs minimize the cost per mass transferred. The implications of minimizing the cost per mass transferred, explored here for simple contactor designs, can show optimum fiber sizes around 100-200 mum. At smaller fiber sizes, pumping costs are excessive; at larger fiber sizes, membrane costs are unnecessarily high. (A)

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProcess Metallurgy
PublisherLondon, UK; Elsevier
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)044488677X, 9780444886774
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameProcess Metallurgy
ISSN (Print)1572-4409


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