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Activated sludge systems are prone to be affected by changes in operating conditions leading to problems such as pinpoint flocs formation, filamentous bulking, dispersed growth, and viscous bulking. These problems are often related with the floc structure and filamentous bacteria contents. In this work, a lab-scale activated sludge system was operated(More)
Different approaches using microscopy image analysis procedures were employed for characterization of activated sludge systems. The approaches varied mainly on the type of visualization and acquisition method used for collection of data. In this context, this study focused on the comparison of the two most common acquisition methods: bright field and(More)
The present study focuses on predicting the concentration of intracellular storage polymers in enhanced biological phosphorus removal (EBPR) systems. For that purpose, quantitative image analysis techniques were developed for determining the intracellular concentrations of PHA (PHB and PHV) with Nile blue and glycogen with aniline blue staining. Partial(More)
– In activated sludge systems, the sludge settling ability is considered a critical step where filamentous bulking and biomass deflocculation are the most common problems, causing the reduction of the effluent quality. Furthermore, in recent years image processing techniques have been successfully used to elucidate the activated sludge morphology. Keeping(More)
A new monitoring approach for polyhydroxyalcanoates (PHA) granules identification and characterization based on image analysis procedures is proposed. PHA granules were analyzed by Sudan Black B (SBB) staining in an enhanced biological phosphorus removal (EBPR) system. Color images captured on an optical microscope were analyzed through quantitative image(More)
The properties of activated sludge systems can be characterized using image analysis procedures. When these systems operate with high biomass content, accurate sludge characterization requires samples to be diluted. Selection of the best image acquisition magnification is directly related to the amount of biomass screened. The aim of the present study was(More)
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