Feasibility study of a cyclic anoxic/aerobic two-stage MBR for treating ABS resin manufacturing wastewater

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Bioresource Technology, 2011, 102 (9), pp. 5325 - 5330
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This study investigated the feasibility and the treatment efficiency of a cyclic anoxic/aerobic two-stage MBR for treating polymeric industrial wastewater. The anoxic/aerobic hybrid MBR was operated without sludge withdrawal except sampling during the study. The results showed that the highest COD organic loading rate of 8.7kg COD/m3 day from bioreactor was obtained at phase 3. The system achieved 97% BOD5 and 89% COD removal. It also revealed that 93% of COD removal was contributed by bioreactor at phase 3 and the similar results happened to phases 1 and 2. The highest TN and TKN removals for each phase were 60, 74, 80% and 61, 74, 81%, respectively and limited by nitritation step. SEM images of nascent and fouled membranes were offered to evaluate the cleaning method. The system was operated for 174days, resulting in high degradation rate, flexibility towards influent fluctuations and limited sludge production. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.
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