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Brazilian Journal of Chemical Engineering

versão impressa ISSN 0104-6632versão On-line ISSN 1678-4383


SOUZA, R. R. et al. The performance of a three-phase fluidized bed reactor in treatment of wastewater with high organic load. Braz. J. Chem. Eng. [online]. 2004, vol.21, n.2, pp.219-227. ISSN 0104-6632.

An experimental study was carried out aiming to evaluate the performance of a three-phase fluidized bed bioreactor (FBBR) used to treat milk wastewater. In this study three different concentrations of milk wastewater substrate (462, 825 and 1473 mg O2/L) were tested. Using the same number of support particles, the results demonstrate that the average efficiency of COD removal decreased as the concentration of organic load in the substrate was increased. The growth of microorganism in the FBBR was followed by a count of viable cells in both liquid phase and the biofilms attached to the support. An increased number of viable cells were observed inside the reactor when it was used to degrade higher organic loads, with most of the cells on the support. The higher concentration of active biomass was responsible for achieving a relatively high absolute degradation of the wastewater containing the high organic load.

Palavras-chave : wastewater treatment; fluidized bed bioreactor; viable COD; biofilm.

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