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Stormwater treamment and management, surface water modelling
Fluid Mechanics, Heat Transfer
Duc Nguyen, D, Ngo, HH, Guo, W, Nguyen, TT, Chang, SW, Jang, A & Yoon, YS 2016, 'Can electrocoagulation process be an appropriate technology for phosphorus removal from municipal wastewater?', Science of the Total Environment, vol. 563–564, pp. 549-556.View/Download from: Publisher's site
This paper evaluated a novel pilot scale electrocoagulation (EC) system for improving total phosphorus (TP) removal from municipal wastewater. This EC system was operated in continuous and batch operating mode under differing conditions (e.g. flow rate, initial concentration, electrolysis time, conductivity, voltage) to evaluate correlative phosphorus and electrical energy consumption. The results demonstrated that the EC system could effectively remove phosphorus to meet current stringent discharge standards of less than 0.2 mg/L within 2 to 5 min. This target was achieved in all ranges of initial TP concentrations studied. It was also found that an increase in conductivity of solution, voltages, or electrolysis time, correlated with improved TP removal efficiency and reduced specific energy consumption. Based on these results, some key economic considerations, such as operating costs, cost-effectiveness, product manufacturing feasibility, facility design and retrofitting, and program implementation are also discussed. This EC process can conclusively be highly efficient in a relatively simple, easily managed, and cost-effective for wastewater treatment system.
Johir, MAH, Nguyen, TT, Mahatheva, K, Pradhan, M, Ngo, HH, Guo, W & Vigneswaran, S 2016, 'Removal of phosphorus by a high rate membrane adsorption hybrid system', Bioresource Technology, vol. 201, pp. 365-369.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© 2015 Elsevier Ltd. Membrane adsorption hybrid system (MAHS) was evaluated for the removal of phosphate from a high rate membrane bioreactor (HR-MBR) effluent. The HR-MBR was operated at permeate flux of 30L/m2 h. The results indicated that the HR-MBR could eliminate 93.1±1.5% of DOC while removing less than 53% phosphate (PO4-P). Due to low phosphate removal by HR-MBR, a post-treatment of strong base anion exchange resin (Dowex*21K-XLT), and zirconium (IV) hydroxide were used as adsorbent in MAHS for further removal of phosphate from HR-MBR effluent. It was found that the MAHS enabled to eliminate more than 85% of PO4-P from HR-MBR effluent. Hence, HR-MBR followed by MAHS lead to simultaneous removal of organics and phosphate in a reliable manner. The experiments were conducted only for a short period to investigate the efficiency of these resins/adsorbents on the removal of phosphorus and high rate MBR for organic removal.
Nguyen, TT, Ngo, H & Guo, W 2013, 'Effect of sponge volume fraction on the performance of a novel fluidized bed bioreactor', Water Science and Technology, vol. 67, no. 11, pp. 2645-2650.View/Download from: Publisher's site
A novel fluidized bed bioreactor (FBBR) was designed by integration of anaerobic granular activated carbon and aerobic sponge reactors. This FBBR was evaluated at different sponge volume fractions for treating a synthetic wastewater. Polyester urethane sponge with cube size of 1 × 1 × 1 cm and density of 2830 kg/m3 with 90 cells per 25 mm was used as biomass carrier. The results indicate that the FBBR could remove more than 93% of dissolved organic carbon (DOC). The highest nutrient removal efficiencies (58.2% PO4-P and 75.4% NH4-N) were achieved at 40% sponge volume fraction. The system could provide a good condition for biomass growth (e.g. 186.2 mg biomass/g sponge). No significant different performance in specific oxygen uptake rate was observed between 30, 40, and 50% sponge volume fractions.
Nguyen, TT, Ngo, H & Guo, W 2013, 'Pilot scale study on a new membrane bioreactor hybrid system in municipal wastewater treatment', Bioresource Technology, vol. 141, pp. 8-12.View/Download from: Publisher's site
A pilot scale membrane bioreactor hybrid system (MBR-HS) was evaluated for municipal wastewater treatment. This novel system comprised of a granular activated carbon-sponge fluidized bed bioreactor (GACS-FBBR) followed by a submerge membrane bioreactor (MBR) with the capacity of 2 L/min. The results indicated that the MBR-HS could effectively remove 90% DOC and 95% NH4N. PO4P removal efficiency was remained stable at about 70% throughout the experiment. Specific oxygen uptake rate (SOUR) of activated sludge increased from 0.72 to 2.21 mg O2/gVSS h for the first 10 days and then followed by a steady stage until the end of experiment. Sludge volume index (SVI) was always below 50 mL/g, demonstrated an excellent settling properties of sludge. The system also showed an achievement in terms of low trans-membrane pressure (TMP) development rate. The TMP increasing rate was only 0.65 kPa/day, suggesting GACS-FBBR can be a promising pre-treatment for MBR.
Zuthi, M, Ngo, H, Guo, W & Nguyen, TT 2013, 'The effects of biomass parameters on the dissolved organic carbon removal in a sponge submerged membrane bioreactor', World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, vol. 78, no. 1, pp. 46-50.
A novel sponge submerged membrane bioreactor (SSMBR) was developed to effectively remove organics and nutrients from wastewater. Sponge is introduced within the SSMBR as a medium for the attached growth of biomass. This paper evaluates the effects of new and acclimatized sponges for dissolved organic carbon (DOC) removal from wastewater at different mixed liquor suspended solids (MLSS) concentration of the sludge. It was observed in a series of experimental studies that the acclimatized sponge performed better than the new sponge whilst the optimum DOC removal could be achieved at 10g/L of MLSS with the acclimatized sponge. Moreover, the paper analyses the relationships between the MLSSsponge/MLSSsludge and the DOC removal efficiency of SSMBR. The results showed a non-linear relationship between the biomass parameters of the sponge and the sludge, and the DOC removal efficiency of SSMBR. A second-order polynomial function could reasonably represent these relationships.
Nguyen, TT, Ngo, H, Guo, W, Listowski, A & Li, JX 2012, 'Evaluation Of Sponge Tray-Membrane Bioreactor (ST-MBR) For Primary Treated Sewage Effluent Treatment', Bioresource Technology, vol. 113, pp. 143-147.View/Download from: Publisher's site
The membrane bioreactor system (MBR) with pre-treatment of sponge tray bioreactor (STB) was evaluated at different operating conditions for treating primary treated sewage (PTS). The result indicated the successful removal of DOC with the efficiency of higher than 95%. The highest nutrient removal efficiency of 83.6% (NH4-N) and 75.5% (PO4-P) was observed at sludge concentration of 330 mg/L. Specific oxygen uptake rate (SOUR) of activated sludge in MBR kept increasing up to 6 mg O2/g VSS h during stage IV. The sludge volume index (SVI) of less than 100 mL/g during the operation indicated the good settling property of the sludge. At highest sludge concentration of 5 g/L, trans-membrane pressure (TMP) was increasing dramatically during first 15 d up to 25 kPa; however it was only 6 kPa at lower sludge concentrations. It is concluded that the system showed the highest performance at stage III with sludge concentration of 330 mg/L.
Abdo, P, Huynh, BP, Avakian, V, Nguyen, TT, Gammon, J, Torpy, FR & Irga, PJ 2016, 'Measurement of air flow through a green-wall module', Proceedings of the 20th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, Australasian Fluid Mechanics Society, Perth.