Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2007.08.028
Title: Influence of mixed liquor recycle ratio and dissolved oxygen on performance of pre-denitrification submerged membrane bioreactors
Authors: Tan, T.W.
Ng, H.Y. 
Keywords: Aeration rate
Denitrification
DO concentration
Fouling
MBR
Recycle ratio
Issue Date: Feb-2008
Citation: Tan, T.W., Ng, H.Y. (2008-02). Influence of mixed liquor recycle ratio and dissolved oxygen on performance of pre-denitrification submerged membrane bioreactors. Water Research 42 (4-5) : 1122-1132. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2007.08.028
Abstract: The conflicting influence of mixed liquor recycle ratio and dissolved oxygen on nitrogen removal and membrane fouling of a pre-denitrification submerged MBR was investigated in this study. It was found that a high aeration rate of 10 L air/min was able to minimize membrane fouling as compared with lower aeration rates of 5 and 2.5 L air/min in this study. Faster fouling at lower aeration rate was due to the decrease in cross-flow velocity across the membrane surface. However, high DO concentration (average of 5.1±0.5 mg O2/L) present in the recycle mixed liquor at an aeration rate of 10 L air/min deteriorated the TN removal efficiency when operating at a recycle ratio of more than 3. A lower aeration rate of 5 L air/min, resulting in an average DO concentration of 3.4±0.7 mg O2/L in the recycle mixed liquor, led to an improvement in TN removal efficiency: 63%, 80%, 84% and 89% for mixed liquor recycle ratio of 1, 3, 5 and 10, respectively. Further decrease in aeration rate to 2.5 L air/min, resulting in an average DO concentration of 1.9±0.8 mg O2/L, did not improve the TN removal efficiency. Using a newly developed simplified nitrification-denitrification model, it was calculated that the COD/NO3 --N required for denitrification at 10 L air/min aeration rate was higher than those associated with 5 and 2.5 L air/min aeration rates. The model also revealed that denitrification at an aeration rate of 10 L air/min was limited by COD concentration present in the wastewater when operating at a mixed liquor recycle ratio of 3 and higher. © 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Source Title: Water Research
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/87531
ISSN: 00431354
DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2007.08.028
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