A mathematical model was developed for an activated sludge unit treating 4-chlorophenol (4-CP) containing synthetic wastewater composed of diluted molasses, urea, KH(2)PO(4) and MgSO(4) with COD and 4-CP contents of 2500 and 500 mg l(-1), respectively. The model included 4-CP inhibition on COD and 4-CP removals. Experimental data obtained at different hydraulic residence times (HRT=5-30h) and sludge ages (SRT, 3-30 days) were used to estimate the kinetic and inhibition constants for COD and 4-CP removal rates. 4-CP inhibition on COD removal was negligible while the inhibition on 4-CP removal was significant. The specific rate constant (k), saturation constant (K(s)) for COD oxidation were found to be 2.64 day(-1) and 559 mg l(-1), respectively. A similar model was used for 4-CP oxidation in the activated sludge unit and the constants were found to be k'=1.44 day(-1), K'(s)=25.7 mgl(-1), K"(CP)=559 mg l(-1),and K(I,CP)=17 mg l(-1). Increases in death rate constant because of 4-CP inhibition was also quantified and the inhibition constants were determined for both COD and 4-CP removals. Model predictions with the estimated kinetic constants were in good agreement with the experimental data. Developed model can be used to estimate the performance of an activated sludge unit treating 4-CP containing wastewater under the specified experimental conditions.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Process water from nuclear fuel recovery unit operations contains a variety of toxic organic compounds. The use of decontamination reagents such as CCl4 together with phenolic tar results in wastewater with a high content of chlorophenols. In this study, the extent of dehalogenation of toxic aromatic compounds was evaluated using a photolytic advanced oxidation process (AOP) followed by biodegradation in the second stage. A hard-to-degrade toxic pollutant, 4-chlorophenol (4-CP), was used to represent a variety of recalcitrant aromatic pollutants in effluent from the nuclear industry. A UV-assisted AOP/bioreactor system demonstrated a great potential in treatment of nuclear process wastewater and this was indicated by high removal efficiency (>98%) under various 4-CP concentrations. Adding hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) as a liquid catalyst further improved biodegradation rate but the effect was limited by the scavenging of OH• radicals under high concentrations of H2O2.
International Journal of Chemical Engineering 01/2010; 2010(1687-806X). DOI:10.1155/2010/590169
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This work was undertaken to investigate the effect of variations of the feed rate on a fed-batch set-up used to degrade xenobiotics. The mixture of substrates was composed of PCP, 2,4,6 TCP and 2,3,5,6 TeCP (pentachlorophenol, 2,4,6 trichlorophenol and 2,3,5,6 tetrachlorophenol respectively). Two acclimated bacteria isolated from soil were used: Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Achromobacter sp. nov. The different flow rates tested were: I: 0.5 mℓ∙min-1, II: 1.67 mℓ∙min-1 and III: 2.00 mℓ∙min-1. Our results show that during fed-batch operation the 2,4,6 TCP exhibits an earlier degradation than the other compounds, for all of the flow rates tested. This indicates that in this case the degradation of the most recalcitrant compounds (PCP and 2,3,5,6TeCP) is benefited by the increase in biomass of bacteria, due to the metabolisation of a less recalcitrant compound (2,4,6 TCP). The defined parameter, specific degradation rate (SDR), was demonstrated to be very useful for comparing the degradation abilities at different flow rates of a fed-batch system. The degradation efficiencies were shown to be higher than 90% for all of the cases and to decrease as the feed rate increases. However, the SDR, a parameter that involves the rate of degradation and the biomass, increases as the flow rate increases. At a feed flow rate of 2 mℓ∙min-1 SDR reaches a maximum of 12.476 x 10-10 mgCP∙h-1∙CFU-1. Finally, among the feed flows tested, taking into account both the degradation efficiency and the SDR, 2 mℓ∙min-1 is the most convenient flow rate for chlorophenol degradation in fed-batch systems. An even higher degradation efficiency (97%) can be achieved by using the feed rate of 2 mℓ∙min-1 followed by an additional batch post-treatment of 2 h, with a SDR of 13.136 x 10-10 mg CP∙h-1∙CFU-1.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: In the present work an effort has been made to study the kinetics of agrochemicals industry wastewater treatment by aerobic activated sludge process at high mixed liquor suspended solids (MLSS) and high speed agitation. MLSS concentration was varied in the range 6000–40,000 mg L−1 and 2.5 mg L−1 optimum dissolved oxygen (DO) was employed. Highest chemical oxygen demand (COD) reduction was found to be 76.83% at 9000 mg L−1 MLSS at 130 rpm and DO 2.5 mg L−1. Highest COD reduction was observed to be 80.76% at 25,000 mg L−1 MLSS at higher agitation speed.
Journal of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry 07/2012; 18(4):1301–1307. DOI:10.1016/j.jiec.2012.01.029 · 3.51 Impact Factor
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