Membrane Water Filtration System Development – Phase II

NCMS Project #: 142054

Problem: Forward operating bases and their associated maintenance and sustainment operations need to use large amounts of water for cleaning parts and vehicle maintenance, corrosion prevention, laundry, showers, field feeding, and to have on hand for fire prevention.  Importing or purchasing large quantities of water is extremely expensive and logistically complicated.  For these reasons, this makes the DOD the ideal testbed for developing new water treatment technologies.

Benefit: Filtration units can be scaled and deployed to most operational situations requiring immediate water filtration, including natural disasters, drought conditions, or infrastructure failures.  Cheaper and easier to deploy systems will allow more units to be available more quickly in time of need (disaster relief), which translates directly to more people served or saved.  

Solution/Approach: Phase I focused on the overall filter design, membrane design and preliminary testing of the different configurations.  Preliminary biofouling repeatability experiences were performed.  Phase II will be a continuation of the work being conducted in Phase I but will focus on the thermoplastic filtration membrane performance for treatment of gray water.  It will optimize filter design and operational protocols for gray water applications and evaluate prototype filters in lab-scale equipment.  

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Increase clean water availability 
  • Preserve lives 
  • Decrease logistical difficulties 
  • Deployable in austere environments 
  • Maximize warfighter readiness 

DOD Participation:

  • U.S. Army Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC)

Industry Participation:

  • PPG Industries, Inc.
  • North Dakota State University
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Cost savings
  • Repair turn-around time
  • Positive environmental impact
  • Improved readiness
  • Reliability improvement

Focus Area:

  • Reliability improvement