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Removal of Powdered Activated Carbon by Cloth Tertiary Filters

Title: Removal of Powdered Activated Carbon by Cloth Tertiary Filters.
Name(s): Madden, Brandon Cale, author
Ahmad, Hafiz, professor directing thesis
Chen, Gang, 1969-, committee member
Tang, Youneng, committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Engineering, degree granting college
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Master Thesis
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2017
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (80 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Water conservation, wastewater treatment regulations, and the use of reclaimed/reuse water supplies have been on a collision course since society’s demand began outstripping the supply of fresh water. As potable water demand has risen, engineers have looked toward Waste Water Treatment Plants (WWTP) to alleviate the stress placed upon aquifers and surface water sources. Direct Potable Reuse (DPR), Indirect Potable Reuse (IPR) and Reuse/Reclaimed systems all conserve water; however, they also unintentionally conserve pollutants. The widespread use of WWTP effluent conservation requires additional treatment options such as Activated Carbon treatment to further treat plant effluent. Powdered Activated Carbon (PAC) has shown promise as a treatment method to reduce pollutants but challenges remain in effectively applying PAC to a wastewater stream. Of particular concern is the application of PAC to existing facilities in which the existing hydraulic profile does not allow the use of large sedimentation tanks normally associated with PAC use in potable water applications. Cloth Media Filtration (CMF) is an existing treatment process that has seen significant saturation into the WWTP market in the United States since being introduced in 1991. While mostly targeted at tertiary treatment, alternate processes such as primary filtration and storm water treatment are now being pursued. It is suspected that CMF will capture and retain Powdered Activated Carbon (PAC) in which the two processes could be combined in order to produce an energy friendly and cost competitive approach to pollutant reductions. This research examines the feasibility of application of PAC into existing hydraulic profiles by using inline injection and its quick removal by Cloth Media Filtration (CMF). One of the most challenging aspects of PAC usage is its removal, which can be facilitated by a commercial CMF. A bench sized cloth media filter was constructed and then operated in a side stream manner with a real-world wastewater treatment train. The results show excellent performance of the designed CMF. The removal of two commercially available PACs was more than 70% within a short time using the existing hydraulic conditions of the plant. Additionally, using the backwash rates and solids removal rates, it was determined that CMF performs as an acceptable means of removal for PAC in a WWTP.
Identifier: FSU_SUMMER2017_Madden_fsu_0071N_14114 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester 2017.
Date of Defense: July 14, 2017.
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Hafiz Ahmad, Professor Directing Thesis; Gang Chen, Committee Member; Youneng Tang, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Environmental engineering
Civil engineering
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Owner Institution: FSU

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Madden, B. C. (2017). Removal of Powdered Activated Carbon by Cloth Tertiary Filters. Retrieved from