Date of Award
Master of Science in Environmental Engineering - (M.S.)
Civil and Environmental Engineering
John E. McCormick
Dana E. Knox
Experiments were conducted to determine whether a continuous process similar to the common activated sludge process could be operated at a relative steady state with phenol and 2-chlorophenol as the sole carbon sources. After a number of unsuccessful trials, process conditions were developed which allowed for operation at a relative steady state with respect to the concentration of microorganisms in the reactor and the concentration of phenol and 2-chlorophenol in the effluent.
Phenol and 2-chlorophenol were removed at better than 99 percent efficiency on a continuous basis. The mixed liquor grown under the conditions of the experiment was highly filamentous and exhibited poor settling characteristics. However, reasonably good clarification was achieved by providing a long enough residence time in the clarifier.
Caputi, Jeffrey Richard, "Steady-state operation of bench-scale activated sludge process using phenol and 2-chlorophenol as substrates" (1987). Theses. 1967.