Laboratory and Pilot-scale Phosphate and Ammonium Removal by Controlled Struvite Precipitation Following Coagulation and Flocculation of Swine Wastewater

NRS-Eau, Terre et Environnement, Université du Québec, 490, rue de la Couronne, Québec, QC, G1K 9A9, Canada.
Environmental Technology (Impact Factor: 1.56). 06/2005; 26(5):525-36. DOI: 10.1080/09593332608618533
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To reduce the suspended solids load to a trickling filter installation, raw swine effluent was pre-treated with ferric chloride and a cationically charged polyacrylamide coagulant resulting in unexpected struvite accumulation downstream of this post-separation process. Using this pre-treated swine manure, struvite precipitation studies were carried out as a function of pH at laboratory and pilot batch and continuously operated scales. An optimal reaction time of 30 min was established for struvite precipitation in the pre-treated swine wastewater at pH 8.5, minimizing the co-precipitation of interfering minerals. Ferric chloride addition resulted in magnesium solubilization, such that no external additional source of magnesium was required for struvite formation. Aeration alone did not result in significant pH increases, so base addition was required for pH adjustment. X-ray diffraction revealed that the only crystalline phase produced was struvite. Removal of phosphate and ammonium attained 98% and 17% respectively in laboratory scale experiments. At the pilot-scale, removal attained 99% and 15% of phosphate and ammonium in both batch and continuously HRT = 1h) operated reactors.

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    • "chemical engineering research and design x x x ( 2 0 1 2 ) xxx–xxx address phosphorus removal by water professionals (Gonzalez and De Sa, 2007). MAP crystallization has been applied for several purposes, such as to prevent scaling problems (Doyle and Parsons, 2004) and to remove phosphate (Battistoni et al., 1997) or nitrogen (Laridi et al., 2005). Recent publications show an increasing interest in struvite precipitation as a technology for phosphorus recovery taking into account the economic impact of increasing energy costs and limited natural phosphorus resources (Carballa et al., 2008; Forrest et al., 2008). "
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