Intermittent aeration in a hybrid moving bed biofilm reactor for carbon and nutrient biological removal

Giorgio Mannina, Giorgio Mannina, Gaetano Di Bella

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The paper presents an experimental study on a lab scale hybrid moving bed biofilm reactor with intermittent aeration. Specifically, a comparison between two different operating conditions was analyzed: continuous and intermittent aeration. Both continuous and intermittent aeration were monitored and compared in order to get the best operational conditions. The intermittent aeration campaign was sub-divided in three phases with different duration of alternation of aerobic and anoxic times and organic and nitrogen loading rates. The effciency of N-removal improved by 70% during the intermittent aeration. The best condition was observed with 40 min of aeration and 20 min of no-aeration, an organic loading rate of 2.2 kgCODm-3day-1 and a nitrogen loading rate of 0.25 kgNm-3day-1: under these operational conditions the removal effciencies for carbon and nitrogen were 93% and 90%, respectively. The derived results provide the basis for WWTP upgrade in order to meet stricter euent limits at low energy requirements.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)492-
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Aquatic Science
  • Water Science and Technology


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