A pilot scale anoxic/oxic membrane bioreactor (A/O MBR) for woolen mill dyeing wastewater treatment

J Environ Sci (China). 2003 Jul;15(4):449-55.


A pilot-scale (10 m3/d) anoxic/oxic membrane bioreactor (A/O MBR) was tested for dyeing wastewater treatment of woolen mill without wasting sludge in 125 days operation. Results showed that the effluent quality was excellent, i.e. effluent COD less than 25 mg/L, BOD5 under 5 mg/L, turbidity lower than 0.65 NTU, and colour less than 30 DT, and met with the reuse water standard of China. The removal rates of COD, BOD5, colour, and turbidity were 92.4%, 98.4%, 74% and 98.9%, respectively. Constant-flux operation mode was carried out in this study, and backwash was effective for reducing membrane fouling and maintaining constant flux. Membrane fouling had heavy impact on energy consumption. More attention should be paid on pipe selection and design for the sidestream MBR system, too.

MeSH terms

  • Bioreactors*
  • Coloring Agents / isolation & purification
  • Industrial Waste
  • Membranes, Artificial
  • Oxygen / metabolism
  • Textile Industry
  • Waste Disposal, Fluid / methods*
  • Water Pollution / prevention & control
  • Water Purification / methods*


  • Coloring Agents
  • Industrial Waste
  • Membranes, Artificial
  • Oxygen