[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This study investigated the powdered activated carbon (PAC) adsorption of 13 pharmaceuticals from the primary (and secondary) effluents of a wastewater treatment plant. In addition to fresh PAC, PAC that was previously used for pharmaceutical elimination from the secondary effluent was also examined for its reuse potential in the primary effluent. The results showed a comparably negligible pharmaceutical uptake by fresh and used PACs in the primary effluent, in contrast to a substantial uptake by both PACs in the secondary effluent. This result indicated a severe adsorption competition induced from the primary effluent organic matter, i.e. the considerably higher constituents of low molecular and hydrophobic components. Furthermore, the competition effect even resulted in a desorption of the negatively charged pharmaceuticals from the used PAC into the primary effluent. It was concluded that adding fresh PAC to the secondary effluent is preferred and that recycling the used PAC into the activated sludge tank could not offer an additional pharmaceutical adsorption.
No preview · Article · Dec 2015 · Desalination and water treatment
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: In this study, a new treatment alternative is investigated to remove micropollutants from wastewater effectively and in a more cost-effective way. A potential solution is the use of clay in combination with biodegradable polymeric flocculants. Flocculation is viewed as the best method to get the optimum outcome from the combination of clay with starch. Clay is naturally abundantly available and relatively inexpensive compared to the conventional adsorbents used. Experimental studies were carried out with four different clays to select the best clay for further optimisation. The atrazine removal achieved is in the range of 10–99 % based on the clay concentration of 10–50 g L−1. Optimisation of the best clay performer leads towards atrazine reduction of > 99 % with a dosage of 100 mg L−1. The best and underperforming clays were then tested in other experiments with the addition of cationic starch flocculants. In this experiment, the addition of a polymer increased the atrazine removal for the underperforming clay to 46 % with only 10 mg L−1 clay dosages. The clay flocculation test was also performed to test the flocculation efficiency of clays by the polymer. Approximately 80–84 % of the clay is flocculated, which shows exceptional flocculation efficiency in removing both clays and atrazine from the water matrices.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Effects of ethanolamine, ammonia, and acetic and formic acid on two-phase flow-accelerated corrosion were investigated in an experimental loop simulating the conditions found in a water-steam cycle. Results indicate that the effects of acetic acid and ethanolamine on the corrosion rate neutralize each other. The effect of acetic acid on the corrosion rate was most pronounced at the highest tested steam quality. A model simulation for liquid film pH at 90% steam quality suggests that at very high steam qualities the protection ethanolamine provides increases, while the protection provided by ammonia goes down. A linear relation between calculated liquid film pH and the measured corrosion rate was found for 24% steam quality within a pH range from 5.6 to 6.3. Formic acid was thermally unstable at the tested temperatures and had no effect on the corrosion rate.
No preview · Article · Sep 2015 · Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: A novel bio-photoelectrocatalytic system was used to effectively reduce phenol as a model organic pollutant through the utilization of energy derived from bacteria and the use of solar energy for activation of TiO2. In such a system, a synergistic effect occurs between the bio-electrochemical and photocatalytic oxidation processes. TiO2/Ti composite electrodes were operated with variable biofilm coverage (partially developed biofilm after 6 days and fully developed biofilms after 12, 20 and 40 days at room temperature and pH 7). The study depicted the effectiveness of biofilm formation in enhancing the electron transfer. Kinetic analysis showed that the system exhibited a more rapid phenol degradation at a rate two times higher than rates by individual photo(electro) catalytic and biodegradable methods. Higher current density (8.4 × 10-2 mAcm-2) and phenol removal efficiency of 62% after four hours of irradiation were observed especially with electrochemically active biofilm developed after 20 days. TiO2/Ti composite electrode. After the additional application of cleaning process, the TiO2/Ti composite electrode could be used several times with nearly the same efficiency, leading to decrease in the final cost of the treatment process.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] 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.
Full-text · Article · Jun 2015 · Separation and Purification Technology
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] 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.
Full-text · Article · Jun 2015 · Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A Chemistry
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] 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.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Loose deposits (LD) accumulate in drinking water distribution systems (DWDS) and may lead to tap water discoloration incidents upon resuspension. While inconvenient for the consumers and the water companies, discoloration may be accompanied by degradation of the microbiological quality of the water, and possibly to the transport of bacteria. The presence of heterotrophic bacteria towards LD with different characteristics was investigated. Bacterial loads in discoloured water samples and LD concentrated over different settling times were analysed. Total heterotrophic (TH) bacteria numbers did not relate to turbidity or to suspended solids in discoloured waters. Higher affinities of TH were observed for slower-settling LD (<24 h), which were also richer in microbial extracellular polymeric substances. The detection of viable iron-oxidizing bacteria in LD supported their possible roles in LD formation and may be related to microbial growth/regrowth in DWDS. Results suggest that LD may exhibit low affinities to hold and transport bacteria, at least to TH in chlorinated water supplies.
No preview · Article · Feb 2015 · Journal of Water Supply: Research and Technology - AQUA
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] 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.
Full-text · Article · Feb 2015 · Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] 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.
No preview · Article · Feb 2015 · Journal of Membrane Science
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Literature shows that water demand forecasting models which use water demand as single input, are capable of generating a fairly accurate forecast. However, at changing weather conditions the forecasting errors are quite large. In this paper three different forecasting models are studied: an Adaptive Heuristic model, a Transfer/-noise model, and a Multiple Linear Regression model. The performance of the models was studied both with and without using weather input, in order to assess the possible performance improvement due to using weather input. Simulations with the models showed that when using weather input the largest forecasting errors can be reduced by 11%, and the average errors by 7%. This reduction is important for the application of the forecasting model for the control of water supply systems and for anomaly detection.
Full-text · Article · Dec 2014 · Procedia Engineering
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] 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 forecasted and measured values of the water demand. The forecasts of the water demand were generated by an adaptive water demand forecasting model. To test the method, a dataset of five years of water demand data in a supply area in the Western part of the Netherlands was collected. The method was tested on a subset of the data (only the winter months) in which 9 (larger) burst events were reported. The detection probability for the reported bursts was 44.4%, at an acceptable rate of false alarms of 5.0%. The results were compared with the CUSUM method, which is a general statistical process control (SPC) method to identify anomalies in time series. The heuristic and CUSUM methods generated comparable results, although rate of false alarm for the heuristic method was lower at the same detection probability.
Full-text · Article · Dec 2014 · Procedia Engineering
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] 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.
No preview · Article · Dec 2014 · Urban Water Journal
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] 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.
No preview · Article · Dec 2014 · Structure and Infrastructure Engineering
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] 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.
No preview · Article · Dec 2014 · Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Pipe bursts in water distribution networks lead to water losses and a risk of damaging the urban environment. We studied hydraulic data and customer contact records of 44 real bursts for a better understanding of the phenomena. We found that most bursts were reported to the water company shortly after the beginning, and the negative consequences of the bursts were limited. However, smaller bursts that stayed unnoticed for a longer time period or larger bursts that began in the late evening or in the night were problematic to the water company that had no burst detection method installed. Detection of those bursts was critical to minimise the negative consequences, and a burst detection method could perform this task. We studied the relation between the size of supply area and the size of the bursts that can be detected. Therefore, we applied a heuristic burst detection method on historic datasets of eight areas varying in size between 1,500 and 48,300 connections. We found a correlation between the size of the area and the minimum detectable burst size and quickly detectable burst size. To reduce the risk of substantial water losses or damage to the urban environment, the burst detection method can effectively be applied to areas with an average demand of 150 m(3)/h or less.
No preview · Article · Dec 2014 · Water Science & Technology Water Supply
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] 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.
No preview · Article · Nov 2014 · Urban Water Journal
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] 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.