Papers from the Winter 2003 CEE devoted to Membrane Science and Technology

A Press RO System: An Interdisciplinary Project for First Year Engineering Students
S. Scott Moor, Edmond P. Saliklis, Scott R. Hummel, and Yih-Choung Yu
Engineering Division
Lafayette College
Easton, PA   18042



Experimentation and analysis of a dead-end reverse osmosis system for purifying salt water is the project in our first year Introduction to Engineering course. The apparatus uses a piston and lever arm to create the pressure necessary for reverse osmosis. This project is interdisciplinary including structures and stresses (CE and ME), mechanical advantage (ME), water treatment (ChE and CE), membrane processing (ChE) and circuits (EE). In addition, students design simple crosscurrent RO systems.

Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink - Taylor Coleridge, Rime of the Ancient Mariner, 1798.