Assessment of nitrogen and phosphorus removal in an intermittently aerated sequencing batch reactor (IASBR) and a sequencing batch reactor (SBR)

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Biological nitrogen and phosphorus removal was investigated in an intermittently aerated sequencing batch reactor (IASBR) and a sequencing batch reactor (SBR). The removal efficiencies of ammonium-nitrogen (NH4+-N) were 100% in both reactors in steady operation state. The total nitrogen (TN) removal efficiencies were 90.4% in the IASBR and 79.3% in the SBR, while the total phosphorus (TP) removal efficiencies were 88.8% in the IASBR and 82.3% in the SBR. The efficiencies of simultaneous nitrification and denitrification (SND) were 90.4% in the IASBR and 79.3% in the SBR, indicating that the IASBR was more efficient than the SBR in SND. The sludge in the IASBR had a P release capability of 16.6 mg P/g VSS (volatile suspended solids) but only 7.5 mg P/g VSS in the SBR.

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