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Graphic element Improved microfiltration systems for the bio and food industry
This project involved the chemical modification of microfiltration membranes and the development of other components to reduce fouling in food processing plants.

The formation of fouling deposits within food processing plants is a severe problem limiting plant operation and product safety. Fouling is a particular concern during filtration and purification phases. With the ever-increasing importance of hygiene in food safety, it is vital to understand the processes involved in both fouling and cleaning and to design, operate and control more hygienic food plants with minimal environmental impact.

This project was aimed at developing improved microfiltration systems for the bio and food industry. First, the surfaces of filtration membranes were chemically modified to reduce fouling. Next, adapted flow modules were designed featuring low hold-up volume. Finally, a microfiltration system using tubular ceramic membranes was developed.

Prime partner Tech Sep's turnover was three times higher than initially predicted within five years of completion of the project, thanks to sales and service related to newly developed products. At present a large fraction of this company's total activity is a direct consequence of this project.

Cordis RCN: 18086
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