The membrane fouling of an aerobic granular reactor coupled with a submerged membrane in a sequencing batch reactor (SBR) was evaluated. The fouling analysis was performed by applying microscopy techniques to determine the morphology and structure of the fouling layer on a polyvinylidene fluoride membrane. It was found that the main cause of fouling was the polysaccharide adsorption on the membrane surface, followed by the growth of microorganisms to form a biofilm.
Membrane biofouling mechanism in an aerobic granular reactor degrading 4-chlorophenol
Germán Buitrón, Iván Moreno-Andrade, Víctor M. Arellano-Badillo, Víctor Ramírez-Amaya; Membrane biofouling mechanism in an aerobic granular reactor degrading 4-chlorophenol. Water Sci Technol 1 April 2014; 69 (8): 1759–1767. doi: https://doi.org/10.2166/wst.2014.091
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