Two laboratory scale fluidized-bed biofilm reactors (FBBRs) were used to investigate the biomass concentration and the biofilm characteristics in a high performance FBBR used for the denitrification of exceptionally high-nitrate wastewater (1000mg-N/L). Reported correlations by other workers for predicting the biomass concentration in FBBR were examined for their validity in comparison with the experimental results of this study and the best set of applicable correlations was recommended. The effects of the two main operational parameters, the superficial velocity and nitrogen loading rate on the biomass concentration in the FBBR were also studied. Correlations for the drag coefficient and the expansion index from the literature, together with the biofilm dry density correlation produced from this study were found to produce the best prediction of the FBBR biomass concentration compared to other reported correlations. The average biomass concentration in the FBBR decreased with the increase of the superficial velocity in the range of 45 to 65 m/h at all the applied nitrogen loadings (i.e. 6, 8, 12 and 16kg-N/m3bed·d).
Biomass concentration and biofilm characteristics in high-performance fluidized-bed biofilm reactors
F.K.J. Rabah, M.F. Dahab, R.Y. Surampalli; Biomass concentration and biofilm characteristics in high-performance fluidized-bed biofilm reactors. Water Sci Technol 1 November 2005; 52 (10-11): 579–586. doi: https://doi.org/10.2166/wst.2005.0738
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