Simulation of photobioreaction for hydrogen production in membrane bioreactor with an optical fiber
A generalized lattice Boltzmann (LB) model for porous media is adopted to simulate the hydrodynamics and mass transport combined with biodegradation in membrane bioreactor with a circular optical fiber. The LB model is coupled with a multi-block scheme, as well as non-equilibrium extrapolation method for boundary condition treatment. The effect of porosity and permeability (represented by Darcy number Da) of biofilm on flow and concentration fields are investigated. The performance of biodegradation is evaluated by substrate consumption efficiency. Higher porosity and permeability of biofilm facilitate mass transport of substance and enhance the metabolic activity of bacteria in biofilm, which results in the optimal biodegradation performance is obtained under the condition of Da = 0.001 and \(\varepsilon =0.3\). For further increasing of these parameters, the substrate consumption efficiency decreases due to the inhibition effect of substrate and shorter hydraulic retention time. Furthermore, the LB results coincide with experimental results, demonstrating that the LB model for porous media is available to optimize the membrane bioreactor for efficient biodegradation.
The authors are grateful for the financial support provided by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (51506139) and the Key Laboratory of Low-grade Energy Utilization Technologies and Systems Foundation (LLEUTS-201607).
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