Key process parameters involved in the treatment of olive mill wastewater by membrane bioreactor

The Olive Mill Wastewater (OMWW) biodegradation in an external ceramic membrane bioreactor (MBR) was investigated with a starting acclimation step with a Ultrafiltration (UF) membrane (150 kDa) and no sludge discharge in order to develop a specific biomass adapted to OMWW biodegradation. After acclimation step, UF was replaced by an Microfiltration (MF) membrane (0.1 mu m). Sludge Retention Time (SRT) was set around 25 days and Food to Microorganisms ratio (F/M) was fixed at 0.2 kg(COD) kg(MLVSS)(-1) d(-1). At stable state, removal of the main phenolic compounds (hydroxytyrosol and tyrosol) and Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) were successfully reached (95% both). Considered as a predominant fouling factor, but never quantified in MBR treated OMWW, Soluble Microbial Products (SMP) proteins, polysaccharides and humic substances concentrations were determined (80, 110 and 360 mg L-1 respectively). At the same time, fouling was easily managed due to favourable hydraulic conditions of external ceramic MBR. Therefore, OMWW could be efficiently and durably treated by an MF MBR process under adapted operating parameters.

Y. Jaouad, M. Villain-Gambier, L. Mandi, B. Marrot, N. Ouazzani. Key process parameters involved in the treatment of olive mill wastewater by membrane bioreactor. Environmental Technology, Taylor & Francis: STM, Behavioural Science and Public Health Titles, 2018, 40 (24), pp.3162-3175. ⟨10.1080/09593330.2018.1464064⟩. ⟨hal-02467998⟩

Journal: Environmental Technology

Date de publication: 05-05-2018

Auteurs:
  • Y. Jaouad
  • M. Villain-Gambier
  • L. Mandi
  • B. Marrot
  • N. Ouazzani

Digital object identifier (doi): http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09593330.2018.1464064

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