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Monitoring, understanding, modelling and improving the KAMAK wastewater treatmen

The main objective of this research project is to increase the understanding of the different treatment mechanisms within the KAMAK process. The KAMAK wastewater treatment train, developed by Bionest Technologies Inc., is a solution for enhancing the performance of lagoon-based wastewater treatment plants. The train is composed of five distinct zones of which two are meant for fixed-film biological treatment and three for clarification. This new technology is important for Quebec as lagoon-based processes are the most prevalent treatment technology in Quebec and a significant fraction of these plants are currently overloaded.

The following sub-objectives were defined in particular: (1) determining the removal performances of organics and nitrogen, (2) quantifying the accumulation and degradation of sludge in the clarification zones, and (3) modeling the key treatment processes of the new technology. The whole project is performed on a full-scale KAMAK treatment train. Primodal RSM30 measurement stations equipped with water quality sensors are used to monitor process performance and allow the continuous collection of data. The sludge accumulation, a crucial part of lagoon operation, as well as the impact of the biological activity in the sludge layer on effluent quality will be measured in the field. The gathered information will allow the development of a mathematical model describing the key processes, which can be used to understand and optimize the design and operation of the KAMAK train.

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Faculty of Science and Engineering - Université Laval
Peter Vanrolleghem - Department of civil engineering and water engineering - Pavillon Adrien-Pouliot - 1065, Médecine avenue, Office 2974
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