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Reverse Osmosis (RO) Principals develops an understanding of the components and issues involved in an operational RO system. It covers the issues involved in the mechanical configuration of an RO membrane system. It applies design variables, discusses monitoring variables, and demonstrates how to adjust variables in a working RO system. It also illustrates some of the important RO maintenance functions, as well as some critical RO performance concerns.

This course certifies that the participant has a fundamental understanding of the principles involved in reverse osmosis technology.

For this course, you will need to pay the tuition and registration fees, and purchase or be able to access the course CD-ROM and the course textbook.  Total cost for a new participant is $775.00, plus shipping and sales tax (where appropriate).  Those with access to the RO book and course CD only need to pay the tuition of $415.00 (including associated fees).  Order below using a credit card or contact CEA (+952-471-0017).

 1) St. Cloud Technical College - Reverse Osmosis Principles Course Tuition and Registration Fees, $415.00 (USD)

 2) Volume II. RO Basics - Collegiate Edition, Encyclopedia of Water Treatment training CD-ROM, $240.00+ (USD)

 3) Reverse Osmosis, A Practical Guide for Industrial Users, 2nd Edition (2002, Byrne) text for all RO courses, $120.00+ (USD)

+Shipping charges and sales tax (if shipping destination is within Minnesota) will be added upon checkout

Note: New program participants will be contacted to obtain additional information required for registration at St. Cloud Technical College.

Course Outcomes and Topics
At the completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1) Predict whether flow in a pipe is laminar or turbulent

2) Quantitatively relate the different forms of energy in a flowing pipe system

3) Give the advantages of different reverse osmosis (RO) membrane configurations relative to their potential applications

4) Understand the role played by the different components in an RO system

5) Recognize how staging affects RO permeate recovery

6) Trace the RO flow streams and the relative ion concentrations within the system

7) Name the common RO maintenance concerns and how they can be prevented

8) Recognize the effect of throttle valves on RO flow and performance characteristics

9) Realize the differences in configuration between two-pass and single-pass RO systems

10) Understand the principals of how pumps convert electrical energy into pressure

11) Identify the operating variables for an RO system

12) Relate the 3 RO design variables to the potential for fouling or scale formation

13) Explain how fouling or scale formation occurs and how it affects system performance

14) List the common causes of membrane deterioration and how they can be prevented


Flat Sheet Membrane, Tubular Membrane, Hollow Fiber Configuration, Spiral Wound Configuration, Spiral Element Operation, Pressure Vessels/Housings, End Caps and Thrust Rings, Plumbing/Manifolding, Shims, RO System Staging, RO System Valving, Two-Pass RO, Centrifugal Pumps, Piston Pumps, RO Installation, RO Variables and Instruments, Permeate Recovery, Permeate Flux, Minimum Element Concentrate Flow, Concentrate Recycle, Valve Adjustments, Startup and Shutdown, Replacing O-rings, Replacing Spiral Elements, Fouling, Scale Formation, Membrane Deterioration - PA, Membrane Deterioration - CA

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