An automated procedure for the characterisation by image analysis of the morphology of activated sludge has been used to monitor the biomass in a pilot wastewater treatment plant during two runs inoculated with a different sludge and operated at two different temperatures. The bulking events were easily detected by image analysis. Correlations were found between settleability properties (Sludge Volume Index and settling velocity) and the morphological parameters (filament total length, filament number and floc size).

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