Within the scope of the study, nine waste waters from the chemical and textile industries were treated in bench-scale (laboratory scale) and small-scale (pilot scale) membrane bioreactors. Depending on wastewater characteristics, the resulting performance varied significantly. It was observed that MBR effectiveness was determined primarily by the degree of biodegradability of the wastewater. In the course of several months of operation, no significant changes associated with the complete retention of the biomass by the membranes were observed. In some cases, it was possible to improve effluent quality by using smaller molecular separation sizes. The flux performance of the membrane modules was dependent on wastewater composition. Occasionally, non-degradable macromolecular substances concentrated in the bioreactor, resulting in strongly reduced filterability and flow performance of the membrane modules, consequently also reducing the economic viability of the process. The results demonstrate that wastewater-specific pilot tests are absolutely necessary, in particular if the technology is to be used for new applications.
Performance of membrane bioreactors used for the treatment of wastewater from the chemical and textile industries
S. Baumgarten, H.Fr. Schröder, J. Pinnekamp; Performance of membrane bioreactors used for the treatment of wastewater from the chemical and textile industries. Water Sci Technol 1 February 2006; 53 (3): 61–67. doi: https://doi.org/10.2166/wst.2006.076
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