The Filtration Research Engineering Demonstration (FRED) unit is an integrated bench-scale, pilot-scale crossflow filtration facility built using funds provided by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). It is dedicated to providing ISO-9000 quality data to evaluate crossflow filter performance. This performance evaluation will be used to validate scale up methodology and assist in determining full scale operational procedures.
While specifically designed to mimic operations at the Savannah River Site (SRS) In-Tank Precipitation (ITP) and Late Wash (LW) facilities, its design and construction provide the capability to emulate a wide range of applications. In emulating these applications, FRED will become a center for crossflow filtration knowledge as it applies to the food industry, the pulp and paper industry, environmental protection/remediation, and wastewater treatment. It is expected that in the future local, state, and federal agencies will utilize its facilities.
FRED is located at the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of South Carolina. In addition to meeting direct and specific DOE filtration needs its overall mission includes use as a twenty-first century educational tool to provide engineering students with a practical experience needed but almost universally lacking in higher education. At FRED, the students are exposed to operation in accordance with ISO-9000 and the OSHA chemical process safety regulation 29 CFR 1910.119. FRED provides its trained student operators with a first-hand educational experience previously available only at industrial and government sites.
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