Petrochemical wastewater treatment is a new sector for the possible widespread application of membrane bioreactor technology. In this fi eld, hard to degrade compounds such as amines and nitrogen residuals were generally the major issues. In addition, over the last years the irregular operation of the manufacturing plants involved drastic variability of the wastewater’s loadings and characteristics, so as to call for more fl exible schemes of the treatment plants. This paper compares two different schemes of a continuously fed membrane bioreactor to adequate the nitrification potential to the influent loadings. These are: a) controlled and continuous external ammonia dosage; b) sequencing batch nitrifi er enrichment. On the basis of lab and pilot-scale treatment of real petrochemical wastewater, the cyclic batch enrichment process proved to be reliable, cost-effective, and easy to control, being more fl exible with respect to changeable influent loadings.

Cycling batch vs continuous enrichment of endogenous nitrifiers in membrane bioreactors treating petrochemical wastewater

DI FABIO, Silvia;BOLZONELLA, David;FATONE, Francesco
2011-01-01

Abstract

Petrochemical wastewater treatment is a new sector for the possible widespread application of membrane bioreactor technology. In this fi eld, hard to degrade compounds such as amines and nitrogen residuals were generally the major issues. In addition, over the last years the irregular operation of the manufacturing plants involved drastic variability of the wastewater’s loadings and characteristics, so as to call for more fl exible schemes of the treatment plants. This paper compares two different schemes of a continuously fed membrane bioreactor to adequate the nitrification potential to the influent loadings. These are: a) controlled and continuous external ammonia dosage; b) sequencing batch nitrifi er enrichment. On the basis of lab and pilot-scale treatment of real petrochemical wastewater, the cyclic batch enrichment process proved to be reliable, cost-effective, and easy to control, being more fl exible with respect to changeable influent loadings.
Membrane bioreactors; petrochemical wastewater; nitrogen removal; optimization
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