A coarse pore filter can be applied inside the aeration tank instead of sedimentation tank for liquid separation from the sludge. It has pores, which are irregular in shape, and much bigger than micro-filtration membrane pores in size. The objective of the study was to investigate the effect of important operational parameters such as flux, aeration intensity, and solid retention time (SRT) on the performance of the coarse pore filtration activated sludge process. The effect of these parameters was studied in laboratory scale experiments. It was found that the flux had a significant role in the effluent quality of this system. The effluent SS and turbidity were not changed significantly at different aeration intensities. Three SRTs, 10, 30 and longer days (without excess sludge) were used for three reactors to check the effect of this parameter on the system performance. The results of the reactors with SRTs about 10 and 30 days have shown very good effluent quality without any filter clogging for more than 4 months operation. For the reactor with long SRT, the filter clogging was observed after about 80 days of operation, which caused the increase of the operation pressure and deterioration in the effluent quality for a few days.

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