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Selection of the Best Module Design for Ultrafiltration (UF) Membrane in Dairy Industry: An Application of AHP and PROMETHEE
Mohsen Pirdashti, Majid Behzadian
Pages - 426 - 442     |    Revised - 30-10-2009     |    Published - 30-11-2009
Volume - 3   Issue - 5    |    Publication Date - November 2009  Table of Contents
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KEYWORDS
membrane separation, Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP), PROMETHEE
ABSTRACT
Membrane with a type module has been expressed one of the key area of interest in dairy industry. Although recent publications have given a chance academics and practitioners to prove successful applications of membrane processes to the vast areas; a small number of publications have been devoted attention to the problem of capital equipment decision-making. To facilitate decision-making process in the membrane separation, this report focuses on the application of analytical hierarchy process (AHP) and Preference Ranking Organization Method for Enrichment Evaluations (PROMETHEE), from a group decision-making viewpoint; it uses the Delphi technique to evaluate available alternatives according the criteria elicited from expert's opinions. A real case study on the ultrafiltration membrane area is put forward to determine the best module design based on the five criteria expressed by decision-makers: sanitation design, clean–in-place, packing density, resistance to fouling and shear stress, and relative cost. Finally, the paper utilizes Expert Choice and DECISION LAB software’s to facilitate calculations.
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Mr. Mohsen Pirdashti
Shomal University - Iran
pirdashti@shomal.ac.ir
Dr. Majid Behzadian
Shomal University - Iran