Gas-phase TCE Degradation in a Two-stage CSTR/TBR System Using Methylosinus trichosporium OB3b

Methylosinus trichosporium OB3b를 이용한 2단계 CSTR/살수층 생물막 반응기에서 기상의 trichloroethylene(TCE) 분해

  • Published : 1999.08.01


A two-stage continuous stirred tank reactor (CSTR)/trickling biofilter reactor (TBR) system was developed for the degradation of gas-phase trichloroethlene (TCE) using Methylosinus trichoporium OB3b. Mrthylosinus trichosporium OB3b was immobilized on activated carbons in TBR and the microbial growth reactor of a CSTR was coupled for the reactivation of the deactivated cells during TCE degradation. The effect of operation variables on TCE conversion and degradation rate were studied. At inlet TCE concentrations ranging from 10 to 80 $\mu$mol/L, TCE degradation rate was increased up to 525 mg TCE/Lㆍday with 75% conversion. The TCE degradation rates were also increased with increse in broth recycle flow rate, gas flow rate and dilution rate. When the temperature of TBR was changed from 3$0^{\circ}C$ to 15$^{\circ}C$, TCE degradation rate and TCE conversion were increased due to the enhanced TCE transfer from gas-phase. The two-stage reactor system was found to be stable and has been operated for more than 270 days.


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