Avoiding Membrane Failure

Prism Membrane separators are known for their reliability and longevity. Proper operation can help extend the membrane life even longer.  Here are two failure modes for membrane separators and what you can do to prevent them:

1. Contamination- liquids or solid particulates from the feed gas plug the membrane fiber and reduce membrane performance.
Avoid contamination by selecting and maintaining the proper upstream filters. Strategic system design and process control also help.

2. Broken Membrane Fiber-the hollow polymer fiber cracks and results in a loss of product or excessive air consumption.
Avoid broken fibers by operating the membrane within its temperature and pressure limits. Inserting fittings too deep, long term ozone exposure, and excessive cycling may cause fiber breakage too.

Prism Membrane customers are encouraged to utilize free technical support to achieve a successful system design which minimizes premature membrane failure.