Low dose powdered activated carbon addition at high sludge retention times to reduce fouling in membrane bioreactors

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Remy, Maxime and Marel, Perry van der and Zwijnenburg, Arie and Rulkens, Wim and Temmink, Hardy (2009) Low dose powdered activated carbon addition at high sludge retention times to reduce fouling in membrane bioreactors. Water Research, 43 (2). pp. 345-350. ISSN 0043-1354

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Abstract:The addition of a low concentration of PAC (0.5 g L−1 of sludge, i.e. a dose of 4 mg L−1 of wastewater), in combination with a relatively long SRT (50 days), to improve membrane filtration performance was investigated in two pilot-scale MBRs treating real municipal wastewater. Continuous filterability tests at high flux showed the possibility to run for 18 h at 72 L m−2 h−1 and 180 h at 50 L m−2 h−1, while significant fouling occurred without PAC. In addition, measurements of the critical flux showed an increase of 10% for this strategy. Low dosage and high retention time makes it feasible and cost effective. Further advantages with regard to permeate quality and possible micropollutants removal are currently under investigation.
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Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2008.10.033
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