The performance of a biological aerated filter loaded with a novel non-sintered fly-ash ceramsite as pretreatment for dual membrane processes

Environmental Technology
Lihua LiFang Ma


This work focused on wastewater reclamation of secondary treated ethylene chemical plant effluent, which contained high conductivity and high organic concentration. To reduce the cost and improve operation stability, a biological aerated filter-ultrafiltration-reverse osmosis (BAF-UF-RO) process was proposed. The feasibility and effectiveness of BAF loaded with a novel non-sintered fly-ash ceramsite (NSFC) as a pretreatment method of a dual membrane system were investigated in detail. The results showed that the CODCr, turbidity, NH3-N and the silt density index (SDI) in the effluent from the BAF were reduced to 24.2 mg/L, 12.17 NTU, 0.42 mg/L and 7.52, respectively, and most of the organic compounds were biodegraded. The BAF-UF-RO process was stable with a recovery rate of 75%, and the desalination rate was up to about 97.5%. Compared with the UF-RO process, the operating pressure and backwash frequency decreased from 1.12-1.26 Mpa and 3 times/d to 0.94-0.98 Mpa and 2 times/d, respectively. After continuous operation for four months, there appeared to be no need for chemical cleaning of the RO membrane. Moreover, the analysis results of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy proved that th...Continue Reading

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mechanical filtration
membrane filtration
infrared spectroscopy

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