Final Thesis

Design and Optimization of a Membrane Module for Ultrafiltration Processes

Key Info

Basic Information

Chemical Process Engineering
Focus/Key Topic:
experimental / constructive
as of now


In food industry, large amounts of water are needed to wash fresh-cut fruits and vegetables. However, this water is currently not reused, but disposed. The aim of the European project Susfood-CEREAL ( is now to clean the process water with the help of membrane processes so that the water can be recycled and reused. For this purpose, new antimicrobial ultrafiltration membranes will be developed by project partners and characterized in Aachen. In order to measure membranes, they have to be placed into modules. Within this thesis, new membrane modules shall be designed, built and optimized. The distribution of the feed onto the membrane, the number and placement of membranes, the geometry of the whole module, of spacers and the feed channel as well as many things more can be optimized. If you like, you can even do CFD simulations of the feed and permeate flow in the module.

What you get:

  • get to know a CAD software
  • learn more about the design of membrane modules
  • Participation in an exciting research project
  • comprehensive supervision
  • first CFD contacts


Please do not hesitate to contact me ( if you are interested in the topic and want to know more about this thesis. I am looking forward to hearing from you.