Membrane fouling control using a rotary disk in a submerged anaerobic membrane sponge bioreactor
- Membrane fouling control using a rotary disk in a submerged anaerobic membrane sponge bioreactor
- 김정민; 신재원; 김혜민; 이정열; 윤민혁; 원세연; 이병찬; 송경근
- Anaerobic; Rotary disk; Polyurethane; Membrane fouling; Membrane bioreactor
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- Bioresource technology
- VOL 172, 321-327
- Despite significant research efforts over the last few decades, membrane fouling in anaerobic membrane bioreactors (AnMBRs) remains an unsolved problem that increases the overall operational costs and obstructs the industrial applications. Herein, we developed a method for effectively controlling the membrane fouling in a sponge-submerged AnMBRs using an anaerobic rotary disk MBR (ARMBR). The disk rotation led the effective collision between the sponge and membrane surface; thus successfully enhanced the membrane permeability in the ARMBR. The effect of the disk rotational speed and sponge volume fraction on the membrane permeability and the relationship between the water flow direction and membrane permeability were investigated. The long-term feasibility was tested over 100 days of synthetic wastewater treatment. As a result, stable and economical performance was observed without membrane replacement and washing. The proposed integrated rotary disk-supporting media appears to be a feasible and even beneficial option in the AnMBR technology.
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