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  • 1.
    From-Aldaron, M.
    et al.
    Karlstad University.
    Sandberg, Maria
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Engineering and Chemical Sciences (from 2013).
    Granström, Karin
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Engineering and Chemical Sciences (from 2013).
    Low Dosage Chemical Treatment for Improved Oxygenation of Pulp Mill Effluents2018In: Journal of environmental engineering, ISSN 0733-9372, E-ISSN 1943-7870, Vol. 144, no 3, article id 06017012Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Most pulp and paper mills use aerobic biological treatment for their effluents. Aeration is the single most energy intensive process of a treatment plant. Surfactants, commonly occurring in pulping wastewaters, have been shown to decrease the oxygen transfer rate. The aim of this study was to decrease the surface activity of surfactants and thereby increase the oxygen transfer rate in pulp mill effluents by the use of chemical pretreatment in very low doses. Trials using 5 g/m(3) ferric iron showed statistically significant improvement on both k(L)a(@20) and surface tension. No sludge was precipitated owing to the very low ferric iron dosage. The novel use of chemical pretreatment, in very low doses, aiming specifically at improving oxygen transfer rate, is a promising concept for reducing the need for aeration in wastewater treatment and thus lower the electricity requirement of the wastewater treatment plant. (c) 2017 American Society of Civil Engineers.

  • 2.
    Granström, Karin
    et al.
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Engineering and Chemical Sciences (from 2013).
    Sandberg, Maria
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Engineering and Chemical Sciences (from 2013).
    Characterization of Wood-Dryer Condensate with Assessment of Toxicity to Microorganisms2017In: Journal of environmental engineering, ISSN 0733-9372, E-ISSN 1943-7870, Vol. 143, no 7, article id 04017019Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Drying of wood causes airborne emissions that can be reduced by recirculating all or part of the drying medium. This favors both emission control and energy efficiency, but results in a condensate that contains significant amounts of organic compounds. Drying operations have been requested by municipal regulatory bodies to clean the condensate before release. The industry has tested biological treatment of condensate from biomass dryers, but maintaining the viability of microorganisms has been a challenge. In this study, the effect of drying gas temperature and the final wood moisture content on the chemical composition and acute toxicity of the condensate was tested. Results showed that whereas the condensate from wood drying was extremely toxic to Vibrio fischeri employed in Microtox assays, the undefined mixed culture present in biosludge from a pulp and paper mill treatment plant were considerably less affected. (C) 2017 American Society of Civil Engineers.

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