Aquatic environment

Inhibition and recovery of nitrification in treating real coal gasificationwastewater with moving bed biofilm reactor

Huiqiang Li , Hongjun Han , Maoan Du , Wei Wang


Received May 04, 2010,Revised July 19, 2010, Accepted , Available online

Volume 23,2011,Pages 568-574

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Moving bed biofilm reactor (MBBR) was used to treat real coal gasification wastewater. Nitrification of the MBBR was inhibited almost completely during start-up period. Sudden increase of influent total NH3 concentration was the main factor inducing nitrification inhibition. Increasing DO concentration in the bulk liquid (from 2 to 3 mg/L) had little e ect on nitrification recovery. Nitrification of the MBBR recovered partially by the addition of nitrifying sludge into the reactor and almost ceased within 5 days. Nitrification ratio of the MBBR achieved 65% within 12 days by increasing dilute ratio of the influent wastewater with tap water. The ratio of nitrification decreased to 25% when influent COD concentration increased from 650 to 1000 mg/L after nitrification recovery and recovered 70% for another 4 days.

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