Fouling control by reduction of submicron particles in a BF-MBR with an integrated flocculation zone in the membrane reactor

Igor Ivanovic, TorOve Leiknes*, Hallvard Ødegaard

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Submicron particles represent one of the major foulants in the biofilm membrane reactor BF-MBR. Reduction of the amount of submicron particles (colloids) adjacent to the membrane is one measure in order to provide better fouling control in BF-MBR systems. A submerged hollow fiber (Zenon Zeeweed) membrane reactor was redesigned by introducing a flocculation zone below the aeration device of the membrane module. This resulted in reduction of submicron particles around the membrane from 8.2% to 6.9%, expressed in differential number percentage. The size of the most abundant particle fraction consequently increased from 0.70 to 0.84m. Furthermore, the modified membrane reactor design provided longer operational cycles, 40% reduction of suspended solids around the membrane, and improved retentate/concentrate characteristics, i.e., dewaterability (CST), settleability (SVI/SSV) and filterability (TTF).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1871-1883
Number of pages13
JournalSeparation Science and Technology
Volume43
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2008

Keywords

  • Biofilm membrane reactor (BF-MBR)
  • Colloids
  • Particles size distribution (PSD)
  • Submicron particles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Filtration and Separation

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