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Purification of crude fatty acids using a PDMS-based composite membrane

Atsushi, Miyagi and Hiroshi, Nabetani and Subramanian, R. (2011) Purification of crude fatty acids using a PDMS-based composite membrane. Separation and Purification Technology , 77. pp. 80-86.

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membrane. During processing crude FA, FA preferentially permeated through the membrane increasing FA content from 86.5% to 90% while color compounds were substantially reduced (92.8%) improving the overall purity of FA. Studies with crude FA-used frying oil system showed that a good correlation existed between reciprocal of viscosity and permeate flux, both total as well as FA fluxes. As expected, FA flux showed a significant improvement in crude FA–hexane system besides improving the FA content to the extent of 97% without significantly affecting reduction of color (83–88%). Increase in pressure as well as hexane dilution improved the FA flux but marginally affected purity and color reduction. Preferential permeation was observed over a wide of hexane dilution almost throughout the entire range of X (weight ratio of FA in feed) but to a varying degree and the positive coupling was strong at very low and high concentrations of hexane and FA. A maximal JFA (FA flux) of 4.4 kg/(m2 h) was obtained at X = 0.3 demonstrating an improvement of 11 fold achievable with appropriate hexane dilution at 1 MPa. In both crude FA-used frying oil and crude FA–hexane systems, the mean molar total permeate flux [ln(Jm)] showed a linear dependency on the mean molar volume [Vm] of permeate, which is in agreement with solution-diffusion or regular solution model.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: PDMS-based composite membrane Fatty acids Permeability Purification Used frying oil
Subjects: 500 Natural Sciences and Mathematics > 04 Chemistry and Allied Sciences > 17 Fatty Acid Chemistry
Divisions: Food Engineering
Depositing User: Food Sci. & Technol. Information Services
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2011 06:17
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2015 07:13
URI: http://ir.cftri.com/id/eprint/9926

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