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Nitrification of municipal wastewater in moving-bed biofilm reactors

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A moving-bed biofilm reactor has been developed, where the biofilm grows on small, free-floating plastic elements with a large surface area and a density slightly less than 1.0 g/cm3. Nitrification of preprecipitated wastewater in a once-through system and raw wastewater in a recycled system with predenitrification has been studied in a pilot plant with an active, specific biofilm surface area of approximately 310 m2/m3. Maximum nitrification rates under comparable operating conditions were 20% to 25% higher with preprecipitated wastewater in the once-through system than with raw wastewater in the recycled system. A temperature coefficient of = 1.09 was found. However, under oxygen-limited conditions, the apparent temperature effect was insignificant in the temperature range from 7 to 18°C because of increased dissolved oxygen levels at low temperatures. At 10°C volumetric nitrification rates from 300 to 400 g NH4-N/m3·d can be expected.


Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 1995-01-01

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