Performance evaluation of pretreatment processes in integrated membrane system for wastewater reuse

Chanhyuk Park, Seok Won Hong, Tai Hak Chung, Yong Su Choi

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A series of lab-scale filtration experiments were performed under various operating conditions to investigate the fouling behavior of microfiltration (MF) membranes when employing two different pretreatment methods. The secondary effluents from a biologically advanced treatment process were fed to each hybrid system, consisting of coagulation-flocculation-MF (CF-MF) and ozonation-MF processes. All experiments were carried out using a stirred-cell system, which consisted of polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF) MF membranes with a 0.22 μm pore size. When MF membrane was used alone without any pretreatment, the permeate flux dropped significantly. However, in the case of employing polyaluminium chloride (PACl) coagulation and ozonation as a pretreatment, the extent of flux decline rates was enhanced up to 88 and 38%, respectively. In the CF-MF hybrid system, the removal efficiencies of COD and total phosphorus were significantly enhanced at a coagulant dose above 30 mg/L. With ozonation, more than 90% of the color was removed even at a low dosage of ozone (5 mg/L). Therefore, ozonation would be strongly recommended as a pretreatment in terms of removing organic matter. The permeate water quality by ozonation-MF process was in good compliance with the guidelines for wastewater reuse proposed by South Korean Ministry of Environment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)673-676
Number of pages4
Issue number2
StatePublished - 15 Jan 2010

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Funding Information:
This research is supported by a grant (code # 071-042-087 ) from the Eco-Technopia 21 Project by Korean Ministry of Environment and in part by Seoul National University SIR Group of the BK21 Research Program funded by the Korean Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development . This work was also supported by the Korea Institute of Science and Technology institutional research programs.


  • Coagulation
  • Microfiltration
  • Ozonation
  • Pretreatment
  • Wastewater reuse


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