Camargo Valero, M.A. and Mara, D.D. (2009) The influence of algal biomass on tracer experiments in maturation ponds. Desalination and Water Treatment, 4. pp. 89-92.
Tracer experiments are of concern to wastewater treatment engineers and researchers because of the importance of determining hydraulic regimes and retention times in wastewater treatment units. In this work, a pilot-scale maturation waste stabilisation pond (WSP) was spiked with Rhodamine WT, in order to determine how suspended organic matter would interfere with its performance as a tracer in a domestic wastewater treatment unit which had a high content of suspended algal biomass. A primary maturation pond was spiked in three separate runs with different levels of algae (high, medium and low), with a known amount of Rhodamine WT (20% v/v); the tracer was measured in the pond effluent in real time every 20 min for 3θ (the theoretical retention time, θ = 17 d). Algal biomass was monitored weekly from influent, column and effluent water samples by chlorophyll-a determination. The results show that algal biomass has a strong influence on the behaviour of Rhodamine WT as a tracer and therefore the hydraulic characteristicsm calculated from tracer curves may be affected by tracer adsorption on suspended organic matter.
|Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information:||© 2009 Camargo Valero,M.A.& Mara D.D. Reproduced in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.|
|Keywords:||Algal biomass, hydraulic characteristics, maturation ponds, tracer experiments|
|Institution:||The University of Leeds|
|Academic Units:||The University of Leeds > Faculty of Engineering (Leeds) > School of Civil Engineering (Leeds)
The University of Leeds > Faculty of Engineering (Leeds) > School of Civil Engineering (Leeds) > Inst for Pathogen Control Engineering (Leeds)
|Depositing User:||Miss Elizabeth Winning|
|Date Deposited:||21 May 2009 14:35|
|Last Modified:||24 Nov 2016 08:36|