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Sperandio M.,Toulouse 1 University Capitole | Labelle M.-A.,Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal | Ramdani A.,Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal | Gadbois A.,John Meunier Inc. | And 3 more authors.
Water Science and Technology | Year: 2013

Activated sludge models have assumed that a portion of organic solids in municipal wastewater influent is unbiodegradable. Also, it is assumed that solids from biomass decay cannot be degraded further. The paper evaluates these assumptions based on data from systems operating at higher than typical sludge retention times (SRTs), including membrane bioreactor systems with total solids retention (no intentional sludge wastage). Data from over 30 references and with SRTs of up to 400 d were analysed. A modified model that considers the possible degradation of the two components is proposed. First order degradation rates of approximately 0.007 d-1 for both components appear to improve sludge production estimates. Factors possibly influencing these degradation rates such as wastewater characteristics and bioavailability are discussed. © IWA Publishing 2013. Source

Labelle M.-A.,Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal | Ramdani A.,Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal | Deleris S.,Veolia | Gadbois A.,John Meunier Inc. | And 2 more authors.
Water Science and Technology | Year: 2011

Coupling the activated sludge and the ozonation processes is an efficient, although expensive, solution for sludge reduction. A better knowledge of the mechanisms involved in the degradation of various sludge fractions by ozone is needed to optimize the coupled process. The objectives of this study were to determine the biodegradability of ozone-solubilized endogenous residue, the action of ozone on the active biomass and the solubilization yield of these two main sludge fractions. Batch tests were conducted with slug input of ozone stock solution into fresh or aerobically digested synthetic sludge. Biodegradability of the solubilized endogenous residue was increased by ozonation by up to 0.27 g BOD 5/g COD i. Ozone caused biomass lysis, as opposed to an increase in maintenance needs, as shown by a correlation between the decrease in microbial activity and viability. Lysis caused by ozonation was associated with a solubilization of 20% of the lyzed cell COD mass. Solubilization yields were of 9.6 and of 1.9 to 3.6 g COD/g O 3 for fresh and aerobically digested sludge, respectively. Design of sludge ozonation processes should account for the variability between the solubilization yield and biodegradability of the various sludge fractions. © IWA Publishing 2011. Source

Ramdani A.,Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal | Dold P.,EnviroSim Associates Ltd. | Gadbois A.,John Meunier Inc. | Deleris S.,Pirelli SpA | And 2 more authors.
Water Research | Year: 2012

The goal of this study was to determine the effect of a long sludge retention time on the biodegradation of the endogenous residue in membrane digestion units receiving a daily feed of sludge and operated under either aerobic or intermittently aerated (22 h off-2 h on) conditions. The mixed liquor for these experiments was generated in a 10.4 day sludge retention time membrane bioreactor fed with a synthetic and completely biodegradable influent with acetate as the sole carbon source. It had uniform characteristics and consisted of only two components, heterotrophic biomass X H and endogenous residue X E. Membrane digestion unit experiments were conducted for 80 days without any sludge wastage except for some sampling. The dynamic behaviour of generation and consumption of filtered organic digestion products was characterized in the membrane digestion unit systems using three pore filter sizes. Results from this investigation indicated that the colloidal matter with size between 0.04 μm and 0.45 μm was shown to contain a recalcitrant fraction possibly composed of polysaccharides bound to proteins which accumulated in the membrane digestion unit under both conditions. Modelling the membrane digestion unit results by considering a first-order decay of the endogenous residue allowed to determine values of the endogenous residue decay rate of 0.0065 and 0.0072 d -1 under fully aerobic and intermittently aerated conditions, respectively. The effect of temperature on the endogenous decay rate was assessed for the intermittently aerated conditions in batch tests using thickened sludge from tests gave an endogenous decay rate constant of 0.0075 d -1 at 20 °C and an Arrhenius temperature correction factor of 1.033. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. Source

John Meunier Inc. | Date: 2004-06-01

Obstruction detector for fluid flow device.

Mansour-Geoffrion M.,Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal | Dold P.L.,EnviroSim Associates | Lamarre D.,John Meunier Inc. | Gadbois A.,John Meunier Inc. | And 2 more authors.
Minerals Engineering | Year: 2010

Typically, 15-45% of the mixed liquor (sludge) in biological wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) consists of inorganic (fixed) suspended solids. A portion of these inorganic compounds is grit (sand) originating from the influent. Grit accumulation impacts WWTP design and operating costs as these unbiodegradable solids reduce the effective treatment capacity of the bioreactor and other unit operations that must be sized to carry this material. The goal of this study was to characterize the performance of a hydrocyclone to selectively separate grit from activated sludge. Laboratory experiments were conducted with a 13 mm diameter Krebs hydrocyclone treating sludge from eight WWTPs. Reduced efficiencies of 17 ± 7% on fixed suspended solids and 9 ± 6% on volatile suspended solids were obtained. Grade efficiency curves enabled the development of a modified definition for cut size useful for this application. The characterization of hydrocyclone performance for grit removal from activated sludge will enable modelling of the process for integration into wastewater treatment simulators used for process performance prediction and design. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Source

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