Project #4870

Balancing Flocs and Granules for Activated Sludge Process Intensification in Plug Flow Configurations

$1,783,120
Completed
Principal Investigator
Belinda
Sturm
Research Manager
Dr. Kenan Ozekin
Contractor
University of Kansas
Biological Nutrient Removal (BNR)
Treatment

Abstract

Municipal wastewater with limited organic substrate concentrations may pose a challenge for the application of aerobic granular sludge technology. Readily biodegradable carbon or chemical oxygen demand (rbCOD) is necessary for biological phosphorus removal (bio-P), and a sufficient organic loading rate is necessary for biofilm formation. This project investigated the impact of substrate availability on granule formation and development, and how selective wasting can be used to retain granules in a continuous flow system. Published in 2020.

Originally funded as WERF project U1R14.