Date of Graduation

5-2013

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering

Degree Level

Undergraduate

Department

Chemical Engineering

Advisor

Penney, William Roy.

Abstract

Hydraulic Fracturing is becoming an increasing prevalent technology in present society due its ability to produce cheap, clean natural gas as a viable fuel source. One public image draw back to hydraulic fracturing, however, is that it uses large volumes of water. This water returns to surface after stimulation laden with hydrocarbons and other material from down hole. The proposed and test method to treat this flowback water was reverse osmosis membranes with granulated activated carbon and ultrafiltration serving as a pretreatment. This proved to be a very successful method in treating hydraulic fracturing flowback water.

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