Treatment of Municipal Wastewater by Hollow Fiber Dynamic Membrane Bioreactors

Işık O., Orman I., Abdelrahman A. M., Erşahin M. E., Özgün Erşahin H., Demir İ., ...More

CLEAN-SOIL AIR WATER, vol.50, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 50
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1002/clen.202100213
  • Journal Name: CLEAN-SOIL AIR WATER
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Aqualine, Aquatic Science & Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA), BIOSIS, Biotechnology Research Abstracts, CAB Abstracts, Chemical Abstracts Core, Environment Index, Geobase, Greenfile, INSPEC, Pollution Abstracts, Veterinary Science Database
  • Keywords: aerobic membrane bioreactor, dynamic membrane, filtration performance, municipal wastewater, treatment performance, FILTRATION, MBR, PERFORMANCE, FILTER, MESH, ULTRAFILTRATION, TECHNOLOGY, REACTOR, LAYER
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


In this study, an aerobic membrane bioreactor (MBR) with a polyester fabric hollow fiber filter is used for municipal wastewater treatment. This polyester fabric filter is used as support material for dynamic membrane formation in the MBR. High treatment performance is obtained in the permeate achieving over 93% of chemical oxygen demand removal efficiency and low particulate material concentration (<10 mg L-1). The system is operated for 58 d without any clogging. The average transmembrane value is found as around 598 mbar after the system reaches stable conditions. Morphological analyses including confocal laser scanning microscopy, environmental scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy are performed to obtain a detailed understanding of the cake layer formation. The use of hollow fiber dynamic membranes can provide compact membrane volume with high surface area, thus, the volume of the reactor can be further decreased.