ASTM D5090 - 07

    Standard Practice for Standardizing Ultrafiltration Permeate Flow Performance Data

    Active Standard ASTM D5090 | Developed by Subcommittee: D19.08

    Book of Standards Volume: 11.02


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    ASTM D5090

    Significance and Use

    During the operation of a UF system, conditions including pressure and temperature can vary, causing permeate flow to change (see Note 1). To effectively evaluate system performance, it is necessary to compare permeate flow data at the same conditions. Since data may not always be obtained at the same conditions, it is necessary to convert the UF data obtained at actual conditions to a set of constant conditions, thereby standardizing the data. The user of this practice determines the standard conditions. This practice gives the procedure to standardize UF data on pure water only.

    Note 1—Feed concentration, crossflow velocity, and both device and total system recovery will also influence permeate rate, especially when operating on other than pure water. This practice does not address those system conditions.

    This practice can be used for systems which contain spiral-wound, tubular, plate and frame, and hollow fiber devices.

    This practice can be used for a single-element or a multi-element system. However, if the UF system is staged, standardize the permeate flow and salt passage for each stage separately. This requires pressure readings at the feed inlet and concentrate outlet of each stage.

    This practice is applicable for UF systems with no significant leaks between the feed/concentrate and permeate streams.

    This practice assumes no significant osmotic pressure differential (Δπ) exists in the UF system under the actual operating conditions. Differential osmotic pressure will reduce the permeate rate relative to operation on pure water.

    The user of this practice should be aware that fouled UF devices will produce less permeate flow than nonfouled devices, and may wish to perform flushing, chemical, or mechanical cleaning, or combination thereof, prior to determining the permeate flow performance of the device.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice covers the standardization of permeate flow for ultrafiltration (UF) systems.

    1.2 This practice is applicable to natural waters including brackish waters, seawaters, and ultrapure waters including those used in power generation and microelectronics and pharmaceuticals production. It is not necessarily applicable to waste waters.

    This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    D1129 Terminology Relating to Water

    D6161 Terminology Used for Microfiltration, Ultrafiltration, Nanofiltration and Reverse Osmosis Membrane Processes


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 11.040.20 (Transfusion, Infusion); 17.120.10 (Flow in closed conduits)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    DOI: 10.1520/D5090-07

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