Decision support tool (DST) for characterization, treatment, and beneficial use of unconventional gas frac flowback and produced water

Mengistu Geza, Tzahi Y. Cath, Pei Xu, Jörg E. Drewes

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Abstract

Selection of water treatment processes is a complex task and has to consider many parameters including changes in water quality and quantity and overall economics. The DST is intended to help designers, utilities, and regulators to select treatment trains considering options for beneficial use of treated domestic wastewater. The VBA-based DST is fully automated and selects treatment trains based on input data such as feed water quality and target water quality requirements and other performance criteria. The development of the DST starts with the establishment of a comprehensive water quality and quantity database. Water quality data is compared to beneficial use target water quality requirements and contaminants that need to be treated to meet this beneficial use requirement are selected for treatment based on concentration in feed water. The DST finally suggests a combinations of treatment technologies (a treatment train) capable of providing the required treatment for the intended beneficial use for a given flow back and produced water quality. Meeting the desired treatment level is a priority in the selection process. However, the DST considers additional selection criteria such as footprint, chemical and energy demand, modularity, mobility, and several other factors.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnconventional Resources Technology Conference 2013, URTC 2013
PublisherUnconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTEC)
ISBN (Print)9781613993026
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
EventUnconventional Resources Technology Conference 2013, URTC 2013 - Denver, United States
Duration: 12 Aug 201314 Aug 2013

Publication series

NameUnconventional Resources Technology Conference 2013, URTC 2013

Conference

ConferenceUnconventional Resources Technology Conference 2013, URTC 2013
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityDenver
Period12/08/1314/08/13

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