Treatment of Bleach Plant Effluents by Membrane Filtration and Sorption Techniques


Laboratory experiments have been run with the combination of ultrafiltration (UF) and sorption technology/reverse osmosis (RO). The use of negatively charged membranes improved both the filtration capacity (flux) and the rejection of organochlorine compounds. The combination fo UF and RO used to treat retention in the causti extraction stage showed high removal of COD, AOX and chloride ions (98.8 - 99.9 %). The content of AOX in the RO-permeate was 0.08 g per ton pulp.The ultrafiltration of three differenet total bleachery effluents showed a COD-removal of 65-75 %. The decrease in toxicity was about 50 % and the removal of substances with a bioaccumulation potential was around 90 %. The treatment of this UF-permeatet with a weak-base anion exchanger gave even higher removal efficiencies especially for the chlorphenolic compounds (>93 %), and the toxicity decreased 5 times (Microtox). The sorbent did not show any remarkable loss in removal efficiency during the 48 h loading and reactivation cycles. When treating the total bleeachery effluents the combination of UF and RO also showed high removal efficiencies. It is not meaningful to make a cost estimation before these combination have been studied for longer periods, on larger scales and with a wide range of effluents. The problem of the finals destruction of the pollutants which have been removed remains to be solved.

Medarbetare: Staffan Filipsson, Östen Ekengren

Nyckelord: Bleach Effluents, Ultrafiltration, Reverse osmosis, Sorption technology, Organochlorine Compounds

Typ: Artikel

År: 1991

Rapportnummer: A944

Författare: Östen Ekengren, Jan-Erik Bjurhem, Staffan Filipsson

Publicerad i: Pergamon Press PLC, Water Science and Technology. Vol. 24, No 3. pp.207-218. 1991