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Reverse Osmosis Systems - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128239650

Reverse Osmosis Systems

1st Edition

Design, Optimization and Troubleshooting Guide

Authors: Syed Zaidi Haleema Saleem
Paperback ISBN: 9780128239650
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 1st September 2021
Page Count: 312
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Reverse osmosis (RO) is an advanced technology whose applications are fast growing. Reverse Osmosis Systems: Design, Optimization and Troubleshooting Guide describes in depth how reverse osmosis systems are designed as well as used, and covers issues which will affect the probability for the long-standing success of the application. This book provides guidelines that will improve the performance of RO systems by avoiding mistakes in their design and operation and suggest corrective measures and troubleshooting of the problems encountered during RO operation. The goal of a good RO design for a specific required permeate flow is to limit the membrane costs and feed pressure, thereby maximizing the permeate quality as well as recovery. Therefore, this book is an asset for the design as well as process engineers employed in water treatment and desalination industry utilizing reverse osmosis systems, RO equipment manufacturing companies, engineering companies, and those who are in charge of the operation of a reverse osmosis system. This book is presented as a training guide. In the introductory sections, the book covers the history of reverse osmosis, along with the fundamentals and principles. Following sections cover the practical areas such as pretreatment, design parameters, design software, RO performance monitoring, troubleshooting as well as system engineering. The final section includes the frequently asked questions along with its answers.

Key Features

  • Covers latest information on the design of reverse osmosis system, its operation and troubleshooting
  • Explains some of the common mistakes made during the design and operation of the RO systems
  • Provides guidelines for best RO design and operational performance
  • Perfect training guide for engineers and technicians who are responsible for reverse osmosis system design, operation and maintenance


Industrial researchers, academic researchers, academic teachers, and students. Academic researchers and chemical engineering students might find advanced ideas for their research projects

Table of Contents

1. Reverse osmosis- Introduction
2. Reverse osmosis- Principles
3. Quality of water guidelines
4. Membranes and basic flow patterns
5. Pre-treatment
6. Important Design Parameters
7. How to Design a reverse osmosis system
8. Reverse osmosis design software
9. Reverse osmosis performance monitoring
10. Reverse osmosis membrane performance degradation
11. Troubleshooting
12. Issues related to system engineering and Frequently asked questions


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About the Authors

Syed Zaidi

Syed Zaidi

Prof. Syed Javaid Zaidi (PhD), Prof. Syed Javaid Zaidi is Chair Professor of Chemical Engineering and QAFAC Chair in the Center for Advanced Materials, Qatar University, Qatar since July 2015. He has more than twenty years of research experience in the area of clean water and clean energy. He has extensive experience in the desalination research and have supervised more than 20 graduate students in clean water and clean energy. He has published more than 200 papers in International Journals/book chapter, conference proceedings/presentations and 14 US Patents and patent applications. He has conducted joint projects in RO desalination in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA for the development of nano-structured membranes for RO water desalination.

Affiliations and Expertise

Center for Advanced Materials (CAM), Qatar University, Doha, Qatar

Haleema Saleem

Haleema Saleem

Haleema Saleem (M.Sc. Chem Engg), Haleema Saleem is a Research Assistant in the Center of advanced materials, Qatar University, and she holds an MSc Degree in Chemical Engineering from Khalifa University (Petroleum Institute), UAE. Haleema has great interest and knowledge in the reverse osmosis membranes and processes. She has good experience working with polymers (Polyamide, polyethylene, polypropylene) and nano-materials (graphene, GO, CNT). She has published 5 papers in high impact international peer-reviewed journals and 10 book chapters. Haleema also has good experience working with instruments for the polymer nano-composite analysis.

Affiliations and Expertise

Center for Advanced Materials (CAM), Qatar University, Doha, Qatar

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