Book review in Desalination & Water Reuse
Book review in Water Desalination Report
UF/MF Membrane Water Treatment: Principles and Design
G K Pearce,
Publisher: Water Treatment Academy / TechnoBiz, Bangkok. (ISBN 978-616-90836-3-4), 2011
Membrane systems, including microfiltration and ultrafiltration, will play a critical enabling role in meeting the challenges of water supply and wastewater treatment in the 21st century.
This book provides a comprehensive description of ultrafiltration and microfiltration membrane technology in water and wastewater applications. The book will give practitioners a comprehensive understanding of all key facets of membranes and their design, application, and operation.
This book is essential reading for all project and process engineers, plant designers, planners, and operational personnel involved in municipal and industrial membrane projects. Also scientists and academics interested in the application of membranes in the water field will gain insight into latest trends in commercial membrane technologies.
Papers & articles
Pearce, G. K. (2019, October). Survey comparing UF and conventional pre-treatment for the control of biofouling in seawater desalination. In Proceedings of the 2019 IDA World Congress. Dubai.
Pearce, G. K. (2017). RO pretreatment of biofouling prone seawater feeds by membrane filtration; strategies to control and mitigate the occurrence of fouling. In Proceedings of the 2017 IDA World Congress on Water Reuse and Desalination. São Paolo, Brazil.
Xu, Q., Pearce, G. K., & Field, R. W. (2017). Pressure driven inside feed (PDI) hollow fibre filtration: Optimizing the geometry and operating parameters. Journal of Membrane Science, 537, 323-336.
Pearce, G. K. (2017). The Irresistible Lure of the Open Platform Solution; Is the Membrane Filtration Market on the Brink of Fundamental Change? In Proceedings of the AMTA/AWWA 2017 Membrane Technology Conference. Long Beach, CA.
Pearce, G. K. (2015). Market Trends in Membrane Pre-treatment based on a Comprehensive Reference List Survey. In Proceedings of the 2015 IDA World Congress on Desalination and Water Reuse. San Diego, CA.
Pearce, G. K. (2015). How Much Flux Variation Can We Allow in UF System Design; Striking the Right Balance Between Performance Stability and Cost Minimization. In Proceedings of the AMTA/AWWA 2015 Membrane Technology Conference. Orlando, FL.
Pearce, G. K. (2013). The Potential Advantages of Direct Coupled UF System Designs for Bio-Fouling Control in Pre-treatment of Seawater RO Systems. In Proceedings of the 2013 IDA World Congress on Desalination and Water Reuse. Tianjin, China.
Pearce, G. K. (2012, July 1). Biomimetic Membranes: Taking on Energy Usage in Water Purification. WaterWorld. https://www.waterworld.com/international/desalination/article/16201530/biomimetic-membranes-taking-on-energy-usage-in-water-purification
Pearce, G. K. (2011). The Role of Coagulation in Membrane Pre-treatment for Seawater Desalination. In Proceedings of the IDA World Congress 2011 on Desalination & Water Reuse. Perth.
Pearce, G. K., Bankston, A., Broley, W., Filteau, G. (2011). Comparison of Permeability and Fouling Trends for Two Different Generations of Norit Membranes at the Columbia Heights UF Plant. In Proceedings of the AWWA Membrane Technology Conference 2011.
Field, R. W. & Pearce, G. K. (2011). Critical, sustainable and threshold fluxes for membrane filtration with water industry applications. Advances in colloid and interface science, 164(1-2), 38-44.
Pearce, G. K. (2011). Direct Osmosis: Revisiting the Problem of Water and Energy. Wastewater International, Jan 2011
Pearce, G. K. (2010). Membrane Filtration for Wastewater Reuse: Current Status & Future Developments. Wastewater International, Sept/Oct 2010
Pearce, G. (2009). SWRO pre-treatment: Treated water quality. Filtration & Separation, 46(6), 30-33. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0015-1882(09)70228-9
Pearce, G. K. (2010). SWRO pre-treatment: Integrity and disinfection. Filtration & Separation, 47(1), 32-35. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0015-1882(10)70036-7
Pearce, G. (2010). SWRO pre-treatment: Cost and sustainability. Filtration & Separation, 47(2), 36-38. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0015-1882(10)70080-X
Pearce, G. (2010). SWRO pre-treatment: Markets and experience. Filtration & Separation, 47(4), 30-33. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0015-1882(10)70165-8
Pearce, G. K., Bankston, A., Broley, W., Filteau, G. (2009). Permeability Trend Analysis for Two Years Operation on the 265 mld (70 MGD) Columbia Heights UF Plant. In Proceedings of the AWWA Membrane Technology Conference, 2009.
Pearce, G. K. (2009). Fouling behaviour for different module formats in membrane filtration applications for surface water treatment. Desalination and Water Treatment, 8(1-3), 48-53. https://doi.org/10.5004/dwt.2009.689
Pearce, G. K. (2009). The Mayor of London’s Challenge to the Beckton Desalination Plant. In Proceedings of the IDA World Congress on Desalination and Water Reuse. Dubai. November 2009
Pearce, G. K. (2008). Development of Control Parameters to Improve the Operational Stability of Membrane Filtration Plants. In Proceedings of the AMTA/SEDA Joint Conference. Naples, FL, USA. https://www.amtaorg.com/development-of-control-parameters-to-improve-the-operational-stability-of-membrane-filtration-plants
Pearce, G. K. (2008). A cost optimization study of flux and fouling rate for UF in the water industry. Water Science and Technology: Water Supply, 8(1), 113-120. https://doi.org/10.2166/ws.2008.004
Pearce, G. K. (2008). UF/MF pre-treatment to RO in seawater and wastewater reuse applications: a comparison of energy costs. Desalination, 222(1-3), 66-73. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.desal.2007.05.029
Pearce, G. K., & Field, R. W. (2007). Development of the sustainable flux concept to provide guidelines for fouling control in UF/MF system design. In Proceedings of the 2007 AWWA Membrane Technology Conference. Tampa, FL. AWWA.
Pearce, G. (2007). Introduction to membranes: Filtration for water and wastewater treatment. Filtration & separation, 44(2), 24-27. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0015-1882(07)70052-6
Pearce, G. (2007). Introduction to membranes: Membrane selection. Filtration & Separation, 44(3), 35-37. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0015-1882(07)70083-6
Pearce, G. (2007). Introduction to membranes: Fouling control. Filtration & separation, 44(6), 30-32. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0015-1882(07)70183-0
Pearce, G. (2007). Introduction to membranes: water and wastewater–RO pre-treatment. Filtration & Separation, 44(7), 28-31. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0015-1882(07)70216-1
Pearce, G. (2007). Introduction to membranes: Manufacturers’ comparison: part 1. Filtration & separation, 44(8), 36-38. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0015-1882(07)70251-3
Pearce, G. (2007). Introduction to membranes: Manufacturers’ comparison: part 2. Filtration & separation, 44(9), 28-31. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0015-1882(07)70285-9
Pearce, G. (2007). Introduction to membranes: Manufacturers’ comparison: part 3. Filtration & separation, 44(10), 30-33. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0015-1882(07)70323-3
Pearce, G. (2008). Introduction to membranes: An introduction to membrane bioreactors. Filtration & Separation, 45(1), 32-35. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0015-1882(08)70028-4
Pearce, G. (2008). Introduction to membranes–MBRs: Manufacturers’ comparison: part 1. Filtration & Separation, 45(2), 28-31. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0015-1882(08)70423-3
Pearce, G. (2008). Introduction to membranes — MBRs: Manufacturers’ comparison: part 2 — supplier review. Filtration & Separation, 45(3), 30-32. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0015-1882(08)70059-4
Pearce, G. (2008). Introduction to membranes–MBRs: Manufacturers’ comparison: part 3–supplier review. Filtration & separation, 45(4), 23-25. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0015-1882(08)70089-2
Pearce, G. K. (2007). The case for UF/MF pretreatment to RO in seawater applications. Desalination, 203(1-3), 286-295. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.desal.2006.04.011
Pearce, G. K., Allam, J. & Chida, K. (2003, September). Ultrafiltration Pre-treatment to RO: Trials at Kindasa Water Services, Saudi Arabia. In IDA World Congress on Desalination and Water Reuse, Bahamas.
Wilf, M., Pearce, G., Allam, J., & Suarez, J. (2003). Reclamation of sand filter backwash effluent using capillary ultrafiltration. Membrane Technology, 3, 6-9.
Pearce, G., Wilf, M., Alt, S., & Reverter, J. (2002). Application of UF Combined with a Novel Low Fouling RO Membrane for Reclamation of Municipal Wastewater. In Proceedings of the CIWEM Wastewater Conference, Edinburgh, April 2002.
Pearce, G. K., Heijnen, M., & Reckhouse, J. (2001). Protecting the Public Water Supply from Cryptosporidium using Ultrafiltration Membrane Technology: A Case Study at Bristol Water, in the UK. In 2nd World Water Congress : environmental monitoring, contaminants and pathogens : selected proceedings of the 2nd World Water Congress of the International Water Association, held in Berlin, Germany, 15-29 October 2001. IWA Publishing, London.
Smith, R., & Pearce, G. K. (1999). New Technology: Examining the Practical and Technical Issues of using Membrane Filtration in the Water Treatment Process Control of Cryptosporidium. IRR Cryptosporidium Conf, London. Jan 1999
Pearce, G. K., Allam, J., & Heijnen, M. (1998) Applications Experience for the Novel Kalmem Low Fouling Membrane in Surface Water Treatment. Proceedings of the Aquatech Conference, Amsterdam. Sept 1998
Pearce, G. K. Commercial MBR technologies and selected case studies. In F.I. Hai, K. Yamamoto and C.H. Lee (Eds.). (2019). Membrane Biological Reactors: Theory, Modelling, Design, Management and Applications to Wastewater Reuse, 2nd edition, chapter 14. IWA Publishing.
Dixon, M. B., Boerlage, S. F., Voutchkov, N., Henderson, R., Wilf, M., … Pearce, G.K., et al. (2017). Algal biomass pretreatment in seawater reverse osmosis. In D.M. Anderson, S.F. Boerlage & M.B. Dixon (Eds.). (2017). Harmful algal blooms (HABs) and desalination: a guide to impacts, monitoring, and management (chapter 9). UNESCO.
Pearce, G. K. (2017) Barka 1, Oman — The impact of algae on the performance stability of UF pre-treatment. In D.M. Anderson, S.F. Boerlage & M.B. Dixon (Eds.). Harmful algal blooms (HABs) and desalination: a guide to impacts, monitoring, and management (pp. 367-381). UNESCO.
Pearce G.K. (2015) Chemical Pretreatment. In E. Drioli and L. Giorno (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Membranes. Springer. Berlin, Heidelberg.
Pearce G.K. (2015) Granular Media Pretreatment. In E. Drioli and L. Giorno (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Membranes. Springer. Berlin, Heidelberg.
Pearce G.K. (2015) Physical Pretreatment. In E. Drioli and L. Giorno (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Membranes. Springer. Berlin, Heidelberg.
Pearce, G. K. Desalination vs water reuse: An energy analysis illustrated by case studies in Los Angeles and London . In V. Lazarova, K. H. Choo & P. Cornel (Eds.). (2012). Water-energy interactions in water reuse (chapter 18). IWA Publishing. London.
Pearce, G. K. (2010). 2.1.2 Membrane Materials. In Judd, S. The MBR book: principles and applications of membrane bioreactors for water and wastewater treatment (pp. 58-63). Elsevier.
Pearce, G. K. (2010). Introduction to membranes in wastewater treatment (ch. 3),
Fundamentals of membrane filtration (ch. 4),
Membrane filtration – commercial membranes & modules (ch. 5),
Membrane filtration system design (ch. 6). In Wilf, M. Membrane technology for wastewater reclamation (chapters 3-6). Balaban Desalination Publications.
Pearce, G. K. (Contrib.). Feed water supply systems and pretreatment. In Wilf, M. (2007). The Guidebook to Membrane Desalination Technology: Reverse Osmosis, Nanofiltration and Hybrid Systems – Process, Design, Applications and Economics (chapter 8). Balaban Desalination Publications.
Training & Education
MCA provides workshops in conjunction with regional training providers or in collaboration with conference programmes. The workshops cover membrane filtration technology for water and wastewater treatment at intermediate and advanced levels. The workshops can be organised in two independent and sequential modules, and each of which can be provided in a two-day format, or as an abbreviated one-day format. Each workshop has a standard syllabus with detailed content updated on an annual basis to ensure that the content reflects the latest developments.
In addition, a series of specialised one-day workshops can be provided in ceramic membranes, MBR and RO.
The workshops have been designed to cater for students with a range of experience in membranes and water and is suitable both for those who are relatively new to the field and to experienced membrane technologists. The intermediate level is designed for experienced engineers, knowledgeable about water treatment engineering and recently involved with membranes.
Typical attendees are new starters at a membrane company, engineers at a system integrator or engineering firm who have been on the periphery of responsibility for the membrane system design, and operators and end users with some user experience of membrane plants.
The advanced level and specialised workshops are for students experienced in applying membranes in water treatment. They are designed to improve the expertise of knowledgeable membrane people. Typical attendees would have worked in a membrane company for some time, or for an engineering firm or system provider having familiarity with membrane system design, or are operators and users with significant membrane plant experience. Ideally, both modules should be undertaken sequentially, but since the modules are stand-alone, they could be taken separately. Students for the advanced course should have attended a previous workshop at the intermediate level or equivalent.
MCA can offer workshops or training tailored and customized for the requirements of companies or institutions. The training can take the format of lectures or of facilitated discussions, and can include practical design or operational input. The discussion can focus on a wide range of options within the water industry such as SWRO pre-treatment or wastewater reuse, and in technology segments such as ceramics. Practical discussion of failure modes can help operators understand issues and improve operational experience.
MCA also provides teaching resources used for undergraduate and post graduate courses (see article series ‘SWRO pre-treatment‘ and ‘Introduction to membranes‘ in Publications).