biofilm treatment Articles

  • Biofilm Enables Streamlining of Wastewater Treatment

    Simultaneous nitrification and denitrification means wastewater treatment can take place in a single tank A membrane aerated biofilm reactor (MABR) is a revolutionary wastewater treatment and reuse solution that cuts the energy requirements of the aeration cycle by as ...


    By Fluence Corporation

  • Learning to Live With Biofilm: The Challenge of an Effective Biofilm Control Program

    The organism always wins. This is the challenge of biofilm control. Microbial biofouling and its root cause, biofilm, cannot be totally prevented, at least for a practical length of time in industrial settings. We have many approaches to keep it at bay but it will always be with us. In industrial water treatment, our goal is to keep biofouling  ...


    By AMSA, Inc.

  • Mathematical modelling of biofilms and biofilm reactors for engineering design

    Mathematical models are critical to modern environmental biotechnology—both in research and in the engineering practice. Wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) simulators are used by consulting engineers and WWTP operators when planning, designing, optimizing, and evaluating the unit processes that comprise municipal and industrial WWTPs. Many WWTP simulators have been expanded to include a submerged ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • The expanded Bed Biofilm reactor (EBBR) – an innovative Biofilm approach for tertiary nitrification

    ABSTRACT The expanded bed biofilm reactor (EBBR) was developed by Advanced Bioprocess Development Ltd. (ABD) to provide a compact tertiary nitrification process. In terms of performance, the EBBR can meet an NH3-N discharge of less than 1 mg/L at high volumetric loading rates (1.0 kg NH3-N/m3 expanded bed /day). This high rate results from a predominance of nitrifying bacteria immobilized as ...

  • Characteristics of municipal wastewater treatment by moving-bed biofilm reactor

    In this paper, the bio-activity of activated sludge was investigated using Oxygen Uptake Rate (OUR) as an indicator. The activity of ammonium oxidation and COD removal of both attached- and suspended-growth sludge was determined under different temperature and organic loading rates. The experimental results indicated that at 5°C, the nitrification activity was about 60% of that at 18°C. The ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Cleaning and regeneration of periphyton biofilm in surface water treatment systems

    The fouling of periphyton biofilm is a common problem associated with surface water treatment systems. In this study, sulfuric acid (H2SO4), sodium acetate (CH3COONa) and ethylenediamine tetra-acetic acid (EDTA) solutions were sequentially used to clean periphyton biofilms collected from a surface water treatment system. The results showed that the sequential addition of ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • TEP and biofilm fouling on membranes

    Summary Biological fouling on membranes is a major problem in desalination and water purification plants. Oceanographers and limnologists have found that most marine and fresh waters are full of microscopic Transparent Exopolymer Particles, otherwise known as TEP. In this article, aquatic microbiologist Tom Berman and Filtration Specialist Marina Holenberg (Amiad Filtration Systems, Amiad, ...

  • Biofilm regeneration on carriers in MBBR used for vitamin C wastewater treatment

    Methods were investigated for biofilm regeneration on carriers in a moving bed biofilm reactor used for vitamin C production wastewater treatment. Three ordinary chemical cleaning agents (hydrochloric acid, sodium hydroxide, and sodium hypochlorite) and physical drying were chosen for evaluation as methods for biofilm detachment. The results showed that these methods all had some degree of ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Biofilm Control for Industrial Waters

    Industrial operations can face a number of serious problems due to bacterial Biofilms growing in process water systems and cooling tower waters. Biofilm-induced corrosion, mechanical blockages and impedance of heat transfer processes result in huge monetary losses each year. In engineered systems, additional risks of biofilm-mediated contamination include negative public health consequences and ...

  • Algae and Biofilm control project for a drinking water treatment plant in Cyprus

    For the Ministry of Agriculture in Cyprus, LG Sound b.v installed 33 LG Sonic, ultrasonic devices in the Limassol water treatment plant, to prevent bad odour and taste to the water caused by geosmins in the water. The earthy taste problem persisted during summer of 2010 and various physical, chemical and biological tests were done in order to check the process efficiency, which showed ...


    By LG Sonic

  • Treatment of winery wastewater in a full-scale fixed bed biofilm reactor

    ABSTRACTThe treatment of winery wastewater was performed at full-scale applying a two-stage fixed bed biofilm reactor (FBBR) system for the discharge in the sewerage. The results of the first year of operation at the full-scale plant are presented. Values of removed organic loads and effluent concentrations were interpreted on the basis of the COD fractionation of influent wastewater assessed ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Ultrasound technology in water treatment: Algae control and reduction of biofilm formation

    Recent research projects have underlined the potential of ultrasound as a chemical free treatment in water-related applications. This article reviews the use of ultrasound produced by the LG Sonic technology, with a focus on wastewater, irrigation and aquaculture applications. Sound Sound can be described as mechanical energy transmitted by pressure waves in a material medium. Thus, sound can ...


    By LG Sonic

  • Nature inspires a better way to block biofilms

    In many industries where equipment comes in contact with water, including those that rely on water treatment membranes, equipment fouling is a huge problem. Biofilm fouling occurs when living organisms — including bacteria, algae, and even mollusks — become attached to boat hulls, harbor structures, and other equipment. The resulting damage can be costly. Coatings and other chemical ...


    By Fluence Corporation

  • Q&A on Membrane Aerated Biofilm Reactor (MABR) with Fluence

    Uriel Klar, Business Analyst at Fluence Corporation, explains the MABR technology and its applications.  Please describe the MABR technology  Membrane Aerated biofilm reactor (MABR) is a biological wastewater treatment process that utilizes passive aeration through oxygen-permeable membranes. The MABR aeration process is the most efficient oxygen delivery ...


    By Fluence Corporation

  • Modelling of moving bed biofilm membrane reactors (MBBMR) for on-site greywater treatment

    The study evaluates with a mechanistic model the pilot plant results of a combined moving bed biofilm process and membrane filtration (MBBMR) treating single household greywater. It mainly includes the simulation of reactor hydraulics, degradation of pollutants, development of biomass and settlement of sludge. Iterative calibration was made with steady-state results of a 10-month pilot test. The ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Mutag BioChip™ high-performance biofilm carrier used in municipal wastewater treatment

    In the recent past, a new and very innovative biofilm carrier named Mutag BioChip™ has increasingly and very successfully got into the news with regard to the biological treatment of municipal/domestic sewage. By taking the example of an upgrading of a Swiss-based municipal sewage treatment plant (STP), in the article it will be explained how relatively easy it is to significantly ...


    By Multi Umwelttechnologie AG

  • Sewage treatment efficacy and heavy metal removal in moving bed biofilm based treatment plants of northern India

    Moving bed biofilm reactor based sewage treatment plants (STPs) have been installed in northern India over the last decade. As such, there are no performance evaluation studies of this technology in the region. Evaluation of four such STPs was carried out in terms of removal efficiencies of physico-chemical parameters, microbiological parameters and heavy metals. Results showed that the ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Effects of Fe(III) on biofilm and its extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) in fixed bed biofilm reactors

    The effects of Fe(III) on the biofilm mass and activity, the biofilm micromorphology as well as the composition and functional groups characteristics of extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) in biofilm were investigated in laboratory-scale fixed bed biofilm reactors. The results showed that 2 mg/L of Fe(III) promoted the biofilm mass and improved the biofilm activity, but 16 mg/L of Fe(III) ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • From biofilm ecology to reactors: a focused review

    Biofilms are complex biostructures that appear on all surfaces that are regularly in contact with water. They are structurally complex, dynamic systems with attributes of primordial multicellular organisms and multifaceted ecosystems. The presence of biofilms may have a negative impact on the performance of various systems, but they can also be used beneficially for the treatment of water ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Biofilm Growth-Percolation Models and Channeling in Biofilter Clogging

    Biomass accumulation is a load-limiting factor in the operation of biofilters used for air pollution control. As the biofilm thickens, portions at the base are no longer exposed to contaminants and oxygen and, thus, provide no treatment. Smaller pores are filled with biomass so that air no longer flows into them. As airflow paths are restricted, air may be prevented from reaching some pores even ...

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