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Title: Development and testing of a fully adaptable membrane bioreactor fouling model for a sidestream configuration system
Authors: Paul, P
Keywords: Wastewater treatment;Membrane bioreactor;Modelling;Time series analysis
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: MDPI AG
Citation: Membranes, 3(2): 24 - 43, Apr 2013
Abstract: A dead-end filtration model that includes the three main fouling mechanisms mentioned in Hermia (i.e., cake build-up, complete pore blocking, and pore constriction) and that was based on a constant trans-membrane pressure (TMP) operation was extensively modified so it could be used for a sidestream configuration membrane bioreactor (MBR) situation. Modifications and add-ons to this basic model included: alteration so that it could be used for varying flux and varying TMP operations; inclusion of a backwash mode; it described pore constriction (i.e., irreversible fouling) in relation to the concentration of soluble microbial products (SMP) in the liquor; and, it could be used in a cross flow scenario by the addition of scouring terms in the model formulation. The additional terms in this modified model were checked against an already published model to see if they made sense, physically speaking. Next this modified model was calibrated and validated in Matlab© using data collected by carrying out flux stepping tests on both a pilot sidestream MBR plant, and then a pilot membrane filtration unit. The model fit proved good, especially for the pilot filtration unit data. In conclusion, this model formulation is of the right level of complexity to be used for most practical MBR situations.
Description: This article is available through the Brunel Open Access Publishing Fund. Copyright © 2013 MDPI AG
ISSN: 2077-0375
Appears in Collections:Civil Engineering
Brunel OA Publishing Fund
Dept of Mechanical Aerospace and Civil Engineering Research Papers

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