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TitleMonitoring of activated sludge settling ability through image analysis : validation on full-scale wastewater treatment plants
Author(s)Mesquita, D. P.
Dias, Oscar
Amaral, A. L.
Ferreira, E. C.
KeywordsActivated sludge
Image analysis
Settling ability
Issue dateApr-2009
JournalBioprocess and Biosystems Engineering
Citation"Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering". ISSN 1615-7591. 32:3 (Apr. 2009) 361-367.
Abstract(s)In recent years, a great deal of attention has been focused on the research of activated sludge processes, where the solid–liquid separation phase is frequently considered of critical importance, due to the different problems that severely affect the compaction and the settling of the sludge. Bearing that in mind, in this work, image analysis routines were developed in Matlab environment, allowing the identification and characterization of microbial aggregates and protruding filaments in eight different wastewater treatment plants, for a combined period of 2 years. The monitoring of the activated sludge contents allowed for the detection of bulking events proving that the developed image analysis methodology is adequate for a continuous examination of the morphological changes in microbial aggregates and subsequent estimation of the sludge volume index. In fact, the obtained results proved that the developed image analysis methodology is a feasible method for the continuous monitoring of activated sludge systems and identification of disturbances.
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