Plankton filtration with compressible crumb rubber packs

Vasiliki Karanikola, Anh T. Ngo, Julio R. Valdes

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The experiments described provide insight into the feasibility of using compressible particulate packs to filter live plankton. The pore constriction sizes are controlled by subjecting the filter pack to isotropic confinement, thereby allowing for: (1) enhanced filtration upon confinement and (2) enhanced unclogging upon relaxation. Results show that filtration efficiency increases with increasing confinement; however, complete plankton retention is difficult to attain due to the plankton's ability to pass through pore constrictions that are smaller than the plankton size. The results are anticipated to offer potential benefits to ballast treatment and aquatic filtration operations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)597-602
Number of pages6
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Ballast water
  • Crumb rubber
  • Filtration
  • Invasive species
  • Plankton
  • Unclogging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Pollution
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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