Osmotic pressure calculator
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This calculator determines the osmotic pressure of a solution containing dissolved solids. The osmotic pressure is based on theoretical calculations and gives you an indication about the operational pressure of a reverse osmosis system. The osmotic pressure can be calculated with the following formula:
The factor i is also called the dissociation factor or the van't Hoff factor.
When you have a water analysis you often have the TDS in mg/L. The TDS does not give an indication about how the different solids are partitioned, it means that you cannot know the molar concentrations of the different solids dissolved in water. However, when you are making calculations for seawater the calculator spreads the TDS over Sodium (Na+) and Chloride (Cl-). This is possible because the concentration of these two elements is much higher than the concentrations for other elements in seawater.
The theoretical formula (1) used above is adapted to operational conditions by membrane manufacturers. Formula (2) is used by Dow / Filmtec to calculate the osmotic pressure:
The molality is calculated with the following formula:
The obtained osmotic pressure with formula (2) is in psi (pounds per square inch). This calculator converts automatically the pressure to bar with the following conversion factor: 1 psi = 6.8948·10-2 bar.
If you do not have a water analysis you can use the values given in the right column in the input table. The values an indication about the standard seawater composition and brackish water. Click on the SW or BW button to put the values in the input fields of the table.
The indication about the operational pressure is given by multiplying the theoretical osmotic pressure by 2. As you can see in the formula the osmotic pressure depends on the temperature. So if you are in an environment with changing water temperatures calculate the osmotic pressure for different temperatures.
Warning: This calculator is accurate for the following parameters:
The calculations are made using 1 membrane with a production of 0,2 m3/h or (200 L/h).
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