08048306 is referenced by 3 patents and cites 766 patents.

A method and apparatus for removing fouling materials from the surface of a plurality of porous membranes (9) arranged in a membrane module (4) by providing, from within the module, by means (10) other than gas passing through the pores of said membranes, gas bubbles in a uniform distribution relative to the porous membrane array such that the bubbles move past the surfaces of the membranes (9) to dislodge fouling materials therefrom. The membranes (9) are arranged in close proximity to one another and mounted to prevent excessive movement therebetween. The bubbles also produce vibration and rubbing together of the membranes to further assist removal of fouling materials.

Title
Scouring method
Application Number
11/316593
Publication Number
8048306 (B2)
Application Date
December 22, 2005
Publication Date
November 1, 2011
Inventor
Thomas W Beck
North Richmond
AU
Warren T Johnson
Bligh Park
AU
Robert J McMahon
Concord
AU
Clinton V Kopp
Bismarck
ND, US
Fufang Zha
Hurlstone Park
AU
Assignee
Siemens
GA, US
IPC
B01D 61/00
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