REDUCING AERATION COSTS BY ADJUSTING OXYGEN TRANSFER RATES OVER THE AERATION BASIN TO CONTROL NITRIFICATION RATES

Authors: Sahlmann, C.; Libra, J.A.; Schuchardt, A.; Wiesmann, U.; Gnirss, R.

Source: Proceedings of the Water Environment Federation, WEFTEC 2003: Session 71 through Session 83 , pp. 251-263(13)

Publisher: Water Environment Federation

Buy & download fulltext article:

OR

Price: $17.50 plus tax (Refund Policy)

Abstract:

The efficiency of the aeration system in a full-scale activated sludge basin with 3 separately controlled aeration zones was improved for the low loading period in summer. The air flow rate to each aeration zone is currently regulated to hold a preset dissolved oxygen concentration (DO). Four different DO setpoint combinations were tested, each one for a one week period, using dynamic off-gas testing to measure the standardised oxygen transfer efficiency (αSOTE).

As the DO setpoints were lowered, the total air flow rate to the basin decreased initially. A low DO in the first zones slowed biomass activity and pushed the load towards the end of the aeration basin. The relationship between αSOTE and the specific diffuser flow rate qD is different for each zone. In Zone 1 there was a strong decrease in αSOTE as qD increased, while Zone 2 and 3 were fairly independent of qD, Zone 2 at a higher level than Zone 3.

Aeration costs were reduced by 15% for the most efficient combination. To achieve even more savings, a control strategy adjusting oxygen transfer rates over the aeration basin to the necessary oxygen transfer rates is suggested. It is based on changing the DO setpoints to reach the lowest total air flow rate while meeting the effluent requirements.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2175/193864703784606800

Publication date: January 1, 2003

More about this publication?
  • Proceedings of the Water Environment Federation is an archive of papers published in the proceedings of the annual Water Environment Federation® Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC® ) and specialty conferences held since the year 2000. These proceedings are not peer reviewed.

    WEF Members: Sign in (right panel) with your IngentaConnect user name and password to receive complimentary access.
  • Subscribe to this Title
  • Membership Information
  • About WEF Proceedings
  • WEFTEC Conference Information
  • ingentaconnect is not responsible for the content or availability of external websites

Tools

Key

Free Content
Free content
New Content
New content
Open Access Content
Open access content
Subscribed Content
Subscribed content
Free Trial Content
Free trial content

Text size:

A | A | A | A
Share this item with others: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages. print icon Print this page