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Evaluation of biomass activity in membrane bioreactors by means of respirometric techniques

  • Autori: DI TRAPANI, D.; Mannina, G.
  • Anno di pubblicazione: 2016
  • Tipologia: Proceedings (TIPOLOGIA NON ATTIVA)
  • Parole Chiave: MBR; respirometry; mathematical modeling; biokinetic coefficients; MB-MBR
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The paper reports the main results of a respirometric experimental survey carried out on several membrane bioreactor pilot plants, characterized by different pilot plant layouts as well as operational conditions. The main aim was to assess the influence of specific conditions on biokinetic/stoichiometric parameters. In particular, the respirometric tests were specifically aimed at investigating the activity of both heterotrophic and autotrophic bacterial species. The achieved results showed that the plant configuration and the features of the feeding wastewater and operational conditions determine significant variation of the kinetic coefficients. The respirometric analysis was confirmed to be a simple and effective tool for the evaluation of the actual biomass kinetic parameters, to be used in mathematical models for the design phase as well as for monitoring the biomass viability during plant operations.