alexa Numerical Investigations of Coupling a Vacuum Membrane
ISSN: 2090-4541

Journal of Fundamentals of Renewable Energy and Applications
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Numerical Investigations of Coupling a Vacuum Membrane Desalination System with a Salt Gradient Solar Pond

Samira Ben Abdallah*, Nader Frikha and Slimane Gabsi

 Samira Ben Abdallah, Research Unit of Environment, Catalysis and Analysis Processes, University of Gabes, National Engineering school of Gabès, Street Omar Ibn ElKhattab, 6029 Gabès, Tunisia

Corresponding Author:
Samira Ben Abdallah
Research Unit of Environment, Catalysis and Analysis Processes
University of Gabes, National Engineering school of Gabès
Street Omar Ibn ElKhattab, 6029 Gabès, Tunisia
Tel: 216-75- 396-955
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date June 02, 2016; Accepted date June 24, 2016; Published date June 29, 2016

Citation: Abdallah SB, Frikha N, Gabsi S (2016) Numerical Investigations of Coupling a Vacuum Membrane Desalination System with a Salt Gradient Solar Pond. J Fundam Renewable Energy Appl 6:213. doi:10.4172/20904541.1000213

Copyright: © 2016 Abdallah SB, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.




This work proposes new configurations for the desalination of salt water using systems based on coupling of membrane distillation with solar energy. This study is a comparison between two coupling configurations of the vacuum membrane distillation (VMD) hollow fiber module with salinity gradient solar pond (SGSP). The first configuration is a module membrane in series with SGSP and the second one is a hollow fiber module immersed in the SGSP. Two models describing the heat and mass transfer in the hollow fiber module and in the SGSP will be developed. The coupling of the two models allows the determination of the instantaneous variation of temperature and salinity in the SGSP and the permeate flow variation. A comparison of each module production was carried out. The mathematical model shows that the immersed module production presents more than one and a half times that of the separated module, their production reached 75 per m² of the membrane in the third year. Thus, immersing the module in the solar pond improves the performance of the hollow fiber module.


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