L C Rietveld

Delft University of Technology, Delft, South Holland, Netherlands

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  • Jingyi Hu, Ran Shang, Bas Heijman, Luuk Rietveld
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    ABSTRACT: Spent granular activated carbons (sGACs) for drinking water treatments were reused via pulverizing as low-cost adsorbents for micro-pollutant adsorption from a secondary treated wastewater effluent. The changes of physicochemical characteristics of the spent carbons in relation to the fresh carbons were determined and were correlated to the molecular properties of the respective GAC influents (i.e. a surface water and a groundwater). Pore size distribution analysis showed that the carbon pore volume decreased over a wider size range due to preloading by surface water, which contains a broader molecular weight distribution of organic matter in contrast to the groundwater. However, there was still considerable capacity available on the pulverized sGACs for atrazine adsorption in demineralized water and secondary effluent, and this was particularly the case for the groundwater spent GAC. However, as compared to the fresh counterparts, the decreased surface area and the induced surface acidic groups on the pulverized sGACs contributed both to the lower uptake and the more impeded adsorption kinetic of atrazine in the demineralized water. Nonetheless, the pulverized sGACs, especially the one preloaded by surface water, was less susceptible to adsorption competition in the secondary effluent, due to its negatively charged surface which can repulse the accessibility of the co-present organic matter. This suggests the reusability of the drinking water spent GACs for micro-pollutant adsorption in the treated wastewater. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Journal of Environmental Management 09/2015; 160. DOI:10.1016/j.jenvman.2015.06.011 · 3.19 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The application of ceramic membranes in water treatment is becoming increasing attractive because of their long life time and excellent chemical, mechanical and thermal stability. However, fouling of ceramic membranes, especially hydraulically irreversible fouling, is still a critical aspect affecting the operational cost and energy consumption in water treatment plants. In this study, four ceramic membranes with pore sizes or molecular weight cut-off (MWCO) of 0.20 μm, 0.14 μm, 300 kDa and 50 kDa were compared during natural surface water filtration with respect to hydraulically irreversible fouling index (HIFI), foulant composition and narrowing of pore size due to the irreversible fouling. Our results showed that the hydraulically irreversible fouling index (HIFI) was proportional to the membrane pore size (r2=0.89) when the same feed water was filtrated. The UF membranes showed lower HIFI values than the MF membranes. Pore narrowing (internal fouling) was found to be a main fouling pattern of the hydraulically irreversible fouling. The internal fouling was caused by monolayer adsorption of foulants with different sizes that is dependent on the size of the membrane pore.
    Separation and Purification Technology 06/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.seppur.2015.04.039 · 3.07 Impact Factor
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    Yasmina Bennani, Peter Appel, Luuk C. Rietveld
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    ABSTRACT: This paper presents an outline of the effects of photoelectrocatalytic operating parameters in a batch reactor on the kinetics of photo(electro) catalytic (PEC) oxidation, using phenol as a model compound. Process parameters and electrode configuration were varied to examine which mechanism becomes dominant under which conditions. The parameters studied were: the effect of the TiO2 layer thickness, agitation, different light intensities (UV300–400), and the initial concentration of phenol in an aqueous solution as encountered in practice.
    Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A Chemistry 06/2015; 305. DOI:10.1016/j.jphotochem.2015.03.009 · 2.29 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Sewage is a nutrient rich reliable water source that is rather consistent in quality, volume and temperature, and is available in large amounts in urban areas. Decentralised reclamation of water including its constituents from municipal sewage, further referred to as sewer mining, is a concept in which municipal sewage is considered a resource instead of a waste stream. In this research, water reclamation in the sewer mining concept was studied using ceramic tight ultra- (UF) and ceramic nanofiltration (NF). In our current approach, ceramic membrane filtration is proposed as pre-treatment for reverse osmosis (RO) to produce demineralised water for industries from municipal sewage. The objectives of this research are to study (i) the membrane performance, (ii) the organic matter and ion rejection, and (iii) the biofouling potential of RO using permeate water from the ceramic filtration. The application of ceramic tight UF and ceramic NF for direct treatment of domestic sewage has been demonstrated in this study. The cross flow ceramic tight UF and NF fed with filtered sewage, can be operated for 1–4 days without any cleaning required. The membrane performance remained high with chemical cleaning with NaClO (0.1%) and HCl (0.1 mol L−1) solutions. On average about 81% of organic matter was rejected by both ceramic tight UF and NF membranes. Finally, the pressure drop increase in the MFS fed with ceramic NF permeate was low during an operation of 14 days. These results were comparable with the increase in pressure drop of an MFS fed with Dutch drinking water.
    Separation and Purification Technology 04/2015; 147. DOI:10.1016/j.seppur.2015.04.008 · 3.07 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Alkalizing amines such as cyclohexylamine and dimethylamine have great potential for protecting steam-water cycles against corrosion, but their thermal stability is limited and anionic decomposition products are a concern due to increased corrosion risk. In this study morpholine, ethanolamine, cyclohexylamine, dimethylamine and 3-methoxypropylamine were exposed to 500, 530 and 560 ˚C at 9.5, 13.5 and 17.5 MPa to investigate the influence of temperature and pressure on amine thermolysis kinetics. The surface:volume ratio of the reactor tube was 0.4 mm-1, close to the value of superheater tubes in steam-water cycles. All amines thermolyzed by first order kinetics, with the exception of dimethylamine. The Arrhenius constants Ea, ln(A) and Va were obtained from the experimental data for all investigated amines. The influence of pressure on thermolysis kinetics was less pronounced than in previous studies and was different for each amine. Dimethylamine did not degrade below 20 and 10% at 500 and 530 ˚C respectively, in spite of longer retention times being applied, suggesting synthesis may occur. Limited practical data showed some promise for the applicability of the model to steam-water cycles. More plant data is necessary to fully validate the model. In all cases, thermolysis of the amines led to the formation of between 150 and 600 ppb organic acid anions. In most cases the concentrations increased linearly with increasing degradation percentage. Acetate and formate were found as major degradation products, with some propionate and traces of glycolate. Cationic degradation products were ammonia and some amines, meaning that the complete thermolysis of an amine does not necessarily lead to acidic conditions.
    Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 02/2015; 54(10):150218154332002. DOI:10.1021/ie504849v · 2.24 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Forward osmosis (FO) processes, due to internal concentration polarisation, are limited with regards to flux. Improved flux performance will allow FO to compete with fluxes achieved by hydraulically driven membrane processes. Pressure assisted osmosis (PAO) is proposed to enhance FO performance, by adding hydraulic pressure (0.1-0.8 bar) on the feed side. An FO mass transport model (active layer to feed side orientation) incorporating pressure was developed to describe the fluxes in PAO. Continuous and discontinuous PAO operations on laboratory scale were proposed and evaluated using draw solutions equivalent to 24 bar osmotic pressure. The fluxes increased with increasing hydraulic feed pressures for all PAO experiments, including activated sludge feeds, owing to the increased driving force and membrane deformation. Discontinuous PAO was found to have an adverse effect on the salt fluxes, due to the subsequent pressure release. This study emphasizes the benefits of PAO for use in innovative membrane systems, while illustrating the importance of developing more rigid membranes and better support designs.
    Journal of Membrane Science 02/2015; 476:182-193. DOI:10.1016/j.memsci.2014.11.022 · 4.91 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Tap water discolouration occurs due to resuspension of loose deposits (LD) that accumulate in drinking water distribution systems. Strategies for discolouration control involve network pipe cleaning and replacement of cast-iron pipes. However, the sole application of such measures is not generally effective. Therefore, a deeper understanding on processes associated with LD origin and development is required. Transparent (but covered) test rig pipes (Ø = 23 mm) continuously supplied with drinking water at steady flow through mode (7-9 months) were used to investigate LD build-up under laminar flow (0.2-4.1 cm/s) conditions. Rather than continuously and homogeneously, LD developed as spots, and predominantly at the pipes' bottom. Results suggested that particle attachment may be added to settling as a LD build-up process. This is consistent with LD cohesive-adhesive properties, as shown by LD repose angle tests, as well as to the occurrence of flocculent extracellular polymeric substances-EPS in LD.
    Urban Water Journal 12/2014; DOI:10.1080/1573062X.2014.938762 · 0.91 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Soil deformation is believed to play a crucial role in the onset of failures in the underground infrastructure. This article describes a method to generate a replacement-prioritisation map for underground drinking water pipe networks using ground movement data. A segment of the distribution network of a Dutch drinking water company was selected as the study area. Failure registration data comprising 868 failures registered over 40 months and geographical network data were obtained from the water utility. Ground movement was estimated using radar satellite data. Two types of analyses were performed: cell and pixel based. For the cell-based analysis, asbestos cement (AC) pipes exhibited the highest failure rates. Older AC pipes were also shown to fail more often, whereas failure rates for PVC were the lowest. For the pixel-based analysis, ground movement was demonstrated to play a role in the failure of all materials combined. Therefore, a replacement-prioritisation map for AC was generated which combined ground movement data and pipe-age data. This method can be a beneficial resource for network managers for maintenance and continuous monitoring.
    Structure and Infrastructure Engineering 12/2014; DOI:10.1080/15732479.2014.938660 · 1.45 Impact Factor
  • David H. Moed, Arne R. D. Verliefde, Luuk C. Rietveld
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    ABSTRACT: Amines like ethanolamine and morpholine have great potential for protecting steam–water cycles against corrosion, but their thermal stability is limited and acidic decomposition products are a concern because of increased corrosion risk. In this study, metal catalysis of amine thermolysis caused by oxides on the inner surface of superheater tubes has been investigated by using a flow reactor and metal tubes of varying sizes and elemental composition. The kinetics of morpholine and ethanolamine thermolysis decreased as the tube size increased. The relationship between the S:V ratio and the degradation rate constant k was linear. Heterogeneous thermolysis accounted for 82–92% of the value of the degradation rate constant k at an S:V ratio of 4.65 mm–1. This decreased to only 6–17% at an S:V ratio of 0.4 mm–1. Although the results varied between the two applied materials, there is no consistent trend that can link thermolysis kinetics to the tube wall composition. Organic acid anion production was weakly related to the amine structure, temperature, and tube diameter but strongly related to the metal oxide composition, with formate and acetate altering as the dominant organic acid anion. A distinction between homogeneous and heterogeneous thermolysis has been made, but the results indicate that a laboratory study with a large enough tube diameter will lead to more reliable predictions.
    Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 12/2014; 53(50):141203095323004. DOI:10.1021/ie504217p · 2.24 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Algae organic matter (AOM), including intracellular organic matter (IOM) and extracellular organic matter (EOM), are major membrane foulants in the treatment of algae-polluted water. In this study, the effects of EOM and IOM (at dissolved organic concentrations of 8 mg/L) on the fouling of a polyethersulfone ultrafiltration (UF) membrane were investigated using a dead-end down-flow UF unit. Changes in the membrane pore geometry and the interaction energy between the membrane and foulants were analyzed based on the extended Derjaguin-Landau-Verwey-Overbeek (XDLVO) theory. The data (relative standard deviation within 10%) showed that UF was able to retain 57% and 46% of IOM and EOM respectively, while the corresponding membrane fluxes rapidly reduced to 28% and 33% of their respective initial values after a specific filtration volume of only 3.75 mL/cm2. The fouling model implied that cake formation was the major mechanism. Specifically, IOM foulant had a much greater free energy of cohesion (-59.08 mJ/m2) than EOM foulant (3.2 mJ/m2), leading to the formation of a compacted cake layer on the membrane surface. In contrast, small molecules of hydrophobic EOM tended to be adsorbed into the membrane pores, leading to significant reduction of the pore size and membrane flux. Therefore, the overall fouling rates caused by EOM and IOM were comparable when both of the above mentioned mechanisms were considered.
    Environmental Science & Technology 11/2014; DOI:10.1021/es5035365 · 5.48 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Ultrasound, closed-circuit television (CCTV) and Panoramo® are capable of inspecting drinking water pipes and joints of any pipe material. The three tools were tested for their accuracy and reproducibility for gap width sizing in double-socket push-fit joints. The tests were performed at laboratory scale (PVC pipes and joints) in the field (asbestos cement pipes and joints) and in three full-scale tests (PVC) inside pipes used to supply drinking water. In the laboratory tests both accuracy and reproducibility were evaluated. In the field and full-scale tests only reproducibility of the tools was tested. CCTV proved to be the most accurate and reproducible for the application. This straightforward approach is considered to be a surrogate measure for joint's condition.
    Urban Water Journal 11/2014; 11(8). DOI:10.1080/1573062X.2013.806562 · 0.91 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The draw solution is the driving force of the forward osmosis (FO) process; however, the solute loss of the draw solute to the feed side is a general, financial limitation for most applications. The anthropogenic amino acid ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) was investigated as a draw solution for FO. At concentrations of approximately 1.0 osmol/kg, EDTA demonstrated comparable water fluxes (Jv = 5.29 L/m(2) h) to the commonly used salt, NaCl (Jv = 4.86 L/m(2) h), and both produced better water fluxes than glucose (Jv = 3.46 L/m(2) h). EDTA showed the lowest solute loss with Js (reverse solute loss or solute leakage) = 0.54 g/m(2) h. The molecular weight, degree of ionisation and charge of EDTA played a major role in this efficiency and EDTA was therefore well rejected by the membrane, showing a low Js/Jv ratio of 0.10 g/L. Owing to the low solute loss of EDTA and its resistance to biodegradation, this compound has the potential to be used as a draw solute for FO during long periods without requiring much replenishment.
    Water Science & Technology 11/2014; 70(10):1677-82. DOI:10.2166/wst.2014.424 · 1.21 Impact Factor
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    M.F. Mohd Amin, S.G.J. Heijman, L.C. Rietveld
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    ABSTRACT: The appearance of pharmaceuticals in wastewater has become a significant concern to both the water treatment industry as well as consumers. The availability of advanced treatment methods has optimized the removal of these compounds present in wastewater sources. The latest development in polymers as flocculants and combining it with other treatment helps to reduce the quantities of these pharmaceuticals in the final wastewater effluent. This paper gives an insight on the potential usage of polymer flocculants and its combination with particles, organic substances and conventional adsorbents towards removing pharmaceutical compounds from wastewater. Polymer flocculants alone will have a limited ability in pharmaceuticals removal. The flocculation process combination with adsorption on natural components and particles is always necessary. Interaction of polymers with adsorbents in the wastewater could also play an important role in their removal by polymer flocculants due to its proven implementation. An understanding of the changes in processes and mechanisms involving the polymers is essential for achieving effective removal rate. Combination of polymer flocculants with conventional adsorbents such as carbon and clays during the treatment process could lead to a new effective and economic approach in removal of the pharmaceutical compound.
    10/2014; 3(1):1-10. DOI:10.1080/21622515.2014.966784
  • World Water Congress IWA; 09/2014
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    ABSTRACT: Pipe bursts in a drinking water distribution system lead to water losses, interruption of supply, and damage to streets and houses due to the uncontrolled water flow. To minimize the negative consequences of pipe bursts, an early detection is necessary. This paper describes a heuristic burst detection method, which continuously compares measured and expected values of water demands and pressures. The expected values of the water demand are generated by an adaptive water demand forecasting model, and the expected values of the pressures are generated by a dynamic pressure drop - demand relation estimator. The method was tested off-line on a historic dataset of 5 years of water flow and pressure data in three supply areas (with 650, 11,180 and 130,920 connections) in the western part of the Netherlands. In the period 274 bursts were reported of which, based on the definition we propose in this paper, 38 were considered as relatively larger bursts. The method was able to detect 50, 25.9 and 7.8% in the considered areas related to all bursts, and around 80% in all three areas related to the subset of relatively larger bursts. The method generated false alarms on 3% of the evaluated days on average.
    Journal of Hydroinformatics 09/2014; 16(5):1194. DOI:10.2166/hydro.2014.120 · 1.34 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: This paper reports on the direct ability of two positively charged organic polyelectrolytes (natural-based and synthetic) to reduce the atrazine concentration in water. The adsorption study was set up using multiple glass vessels with different polymer dosing levels followed by ultrafiltration with a 1 kDa membrane. The addition of polymers exhibited a capability in reducing the atrazine concentration up to a maximum of 60% in surface-to-volume ratio experiments. In the beginning, the theoretical L-type of the isotherm of Giles' classification was expected with an increase in the dosage of the polymer. However, in this study, the conventional type of isotherm was not observed. It was found that the adsorption of the cationic polymer on the negatively charged glass surface was necessary and influential for the removal of atrazine. Surface-to-volume ratio adsorption experiments were performed to elucidate the mechanisms and the polymer configuration. The glass surface area was determined to be a limiting parameter in the adsorption mechanism.
    08/2014; 2014:162157. DOI:10.1155/2014/162157
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    ABSTRACT: Reverse osmosis (RO) systems for secondary effluent water reuse frequently encounter severe biofouling due to the high nutrient concentration in the RO feed water. Deployment of negatively charged tight ceramic ultrafiltration (UF) may restrict biofouling in RO by phosphate limitation, since the tight ceramic UF can reject dissolved phosphate by electrostatic interactions. However, the organic matter and cations can potentially impact phosphate rejection by tight ceramic UF. In this study, the effects of organic matter and Ca2+ on phosphate rejection by the 3 kDa tight ceramic UF membrane were investigated, using synthetic water containing natural organic matter (NOM) and effluent organic matter (EfOM), as well as secondary effluent water. Phosphate rejection was found to be linearly correlated to the zeta potential of the organics in the membrane feed water when the membrane was fouled by NOM. Furthermore, the EfOM-fouled membrane yielded higher phosphate rejection than the membrane fouled by the NOM due to additional adsorption of phosphate by the biopolymers. A preferential phosphate rejection was observed during effluent water filtration by the 3 kDa tight ceramic UF membrane.
    Separation and Purification Technology 08/2014; 132:289–294. DOI:10.1016/j.seppur.2014.05.024 · 3.07 Impact Factor
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    Advanced Materials Research 08/2014; 1024:11-14. DOI:10.4028/www.scientific.net/AMR.1024.11
  • Water Practice & Technology 08/2014; 9(2):264. DOI:10.2166/wpt.2014.030
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    ABSTRACT: The draw solution is the driving force in forward osmosis (FO) processes. The reverse solute leakage of the draw solution is however a major constraint due to cost and energy requirements when reconcentrating the solutes subsequent to the FO process. Several zwitterions as draw solutions (π≈24 bar and 7 bar) were systematically investigated to enhance the FO performance and minimise the solute loss. The highly soluble zwitterions: glycine, l-proline and glycine betaine demonstrated comparable water fluxes to NaCl (~5 L/m2 h), but with significantly lower solute loss (Js: 2.13±0.54 g/m2 h; 1.37±0.09 g/m2 h, 0.96±0.4 g/m2 h respectively and JsNaCl: 3.26±0.53 g/m2 h), which is advantageous for cost reduction. The physico-chemical properties, charge and size played a dominant role in the flux efficiencies. The Js/Jv ratios decreased with (i) a decrease in hydrophobicity and (ii) an increase in size. The FO mass transfer model verified the experimental investigations of the solute transport through the membrane.
    Journal of Membrane Science 06/2014; 460:82–90. DOI:10.1016/j.memsci.2014.02.032 · 4.91 Impact Factor

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  • 2002–2015
    • Delft University of Technology
      • • Department of Water management
      • • Sanitary Engineering
      • • Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences (CEG)
      Delft, South Holland, Netherlands
  • 2014
    • Tongji University
      Shanghai, Shanghai Shi, China
  • 2011
    • KWR Watercycle Research Institute
      Nieuwegen, Utrecht, Netherlands