Influence of EPS on fouling of intermittent aeration MBR reactor (denitrification MBR) was investigated changing intermittent aeration cycle (10 minute-cycle and 120 minute-cycle) in laboratory-scale reactors using synthetic wastewater. EPS were extracted from bacterial cells using cation resin method and molecular weight fractioning of EPS was conducted using gel chromatography. In both of the reactors, nitrogen removal rate was almost 100% after 50th day although DO concentration was not very high during the aerated phase because of accumulation of nitrifying bacteria in the reactors. In the 120 minutes-cycle reactor, trans-membrane pressure increased more rapidly than in the 10 minutes-cycle reactor. The reason might be that EPS of more than 1000 kDa, which are the main fouling substances, are produced more rapidly in the 120 minute-cycle condition. It was also found that three peaks at around 100 kDa, 500 kDa and 2000 kDa are prominent in EPS in intermittent-aeration MBR irrespective of cycle and higher molecular weight EPS are decomposed to smaller molecular weight EPS on membrane surface.

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