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A New Process for Enriching Nitrifiers in Activated Sludge Through Separate Heterotrophic Wasting from Biofilm Carriers

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A new process, the biofilm–activated sludge innovative nitrification (BASIN) process, consisting of a moving-bed biofilm reactor (MBBR) with separate heterotrophic wasting, followed by an activated-sludge process, has been proposed to reduce the volumetric requirements of the activated-sludge process for nitrification. The basic principle is to remove chemical oxygen demand on the biofilm carriers by heterotrophic organisms and then to waste a portion of the heterotrophic biomass before it can be released into the activated-sludge reactor. By this means, the amount of heterotrophic organisms grown in the activated-sludge reactor is reduced, thereby reducing the volume of that tank needed for nitrification. For nitrification applications, the simplest method for stripping biomass was to use an in-tank technique using high shearing rates with aeration. Bench-scale testing showed sludge yields in the BASIN process were one-half of that in a control activated-sludge process and twice that of a process line with intermediate settling between the MBBR and activated-sludge stage. Critical washout solids retention times for nitrifiers were the same for all three lines, so activated-sludge volumes for the BASIN process could be reduced by 50% compared with the control. Originally conceived process concepts for the BASIN process were confirmed by the experimental work.

Keywords: ACTIVATED SLUDGE; BIOFILM-ACTIVATED SLUDGE INNOVATIVE NITRIFICATION (BASIN) PROCESS; ENRICHMENT; MOVING-BED BIOFILM REACTOR; NITRIFICATION; SOLIDS RETENTION TIME

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2175/106143002X139758

Publication date: January 1, 2002

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