Impact of vibration on treatment and filtration performance of membrane bioreactors treating municipal wastewater

Recep Kaya, Hale Özgün, Mustafa Evren Erşahin, Merve Durmuş Yılmaz, Mohammad Damirchi, İsmail Koyuncu, Nevzat Özgü Yiğit, Mehmet Kitiş, İbrahim Demir, Osman Atilla Arikan*

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Membrane bioreactors (MBRs) are commonly used in municipal and industrial wastewater treatment. However, membrane fouling problem limits the performance of MBRs. The objective of this study was to determine the impact of vibration on membrane fouling. Long-term filtration experiments were conducted to compare treatment and filtration performance of vibrated (magnetically induced) and non-vibrated modules in an MBR treating synthetic municipal wastewater. Results showed that vibration did not have any remarkable effect on treatment performance. However, filtration performance and thus, membrane fouling were significantly affected by the vibration. Magnetically induced vibration system achieved better filtration performance than the non-vibrated module. Cake layer formation found in the magnetically induced vibrating system resulted in low potential for pore clogging. The results suggest that magnetically induced vibration is a promising alternative for reducing membrane fouling problem in MBR systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-184
Number of pages8
JournalDesalination and Water Treatment
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017

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The authors would like to express their gratitude to the financial support granted by TUBITAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey) under the project number 113Y341.

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Türkiye Bilimsel ve Teknolojik Araştirma Kurumu113Y341


    • Membrane bioreactor
    • Membrane fouling
    • Transmembrane pressure
    • Vibration


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