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Particles in filter effluent:  The roles of deposition and detachment

TitleParticles in filter effluent:  The roles of deposition and detachment
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsKim J, Tobiason JE
JournalEnvironmental Science & Technology
Start Page6132
Date Published10/2004

Particles in the effluent of granular media filters can be classified as influent particles that were never removed or as particles that detached after prior deposition. To determine the effects of particle size, filter media depth and filter run duration on the relative fraction of each class, laboratory experiments were performed using suspensions of four sizes of polystyrene particles (0.2, 1.2, 2.5, and 4.0 μm diameters) that were destabilized with 0.04 M calcium chloride and continuously supplied to filters after flocculation. To investigate particle attachment alone, three sizes (1.4, 4.0, and 9 μm) of fluorescent microspheres (FM) were periodically pulse injected immediately ahead of the filter media. Detachment was assessed as the difference between net removal (particle counts) and deposition (FM counts). FM deposition followed theory, while results show that particle detachment was significant from an early phase of filtration (100 minutes). The detached fraction of effluent particles increased with particle size (1 to 12 μm range) and filter depth. These model system results suggest that detachment plays a significant role in the origin of filter effluent particles in full-scale water treatment systems.