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Design of a Biological Treatment System for an Oxo Derivative Wastewater

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Two of the challenges of designing a wastewater treatment facility to service five manufacturing processes producing derivatives of oxoaldehydes were the inherent uncertainty in the waste stream characterization data, and the difficulty of biodegradation of some of the wastewater constituents. The methodology chosen to address the uncertainty issue was based on a Monte Carlo simulation approach that allowed the generation of frequency distributions for critical design parameters. From these results a more informed decision could be made in the integration of all treatment unit processes. The biological system incorporated both an anaerobic reactor and an aerobic reactor, and these sequential reductive and oxidative environments address the biodegradability issues. Plant performance has exhibited extended periods of effluent COD values of approximately 30 mg/L.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2001

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