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Supported biomass membrane bioreactor: optimisation of aeration for better fouling control

Funding: 2009: $70,000
2010: $70,000
2011: $70,000

Project Member(s): Vigneswaran, S., Kandasamy, J., Shon, H., Chanan, A.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (ARC Linkage Projects)
Steri-Flow Filteration Systems (Aust) (Steri-flow Filtration Systems)
Kogarah City Council (Kogarah Municipal Council Partnership Funding)
Australian Research Council (Other funds for ARC projects)

Start year: 2009

Summary: The membrane bioreactor (MBR) technology is a combination of an activated sludge treatment with micro or ultra-filtration membranes for solid/liquid separation. MBR provides an innovative and sustainable solution for advanced treatment of domestic and industrial wastewater for reuse. However, membrane fouling poses the biggest challenge to wider application of MBR.

Keywords: Membrane bioreactor, Foulant characterisation, Supported biomass, Aeration, Wastewater treatment and reuse, Adsorption,

FOR Codes: Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Urban and Industrial Land Management