Modelling the global efficiency of dissolved air flotation

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The purpose of this paper is to examine how the efficiency of dissolved air flotation is affected by the size of bubbles and particles. The rise speed of bubble/particle agglomerates is modelled as a function of bubble and particle size, while the kinematics of the bubble attachment process is modelled using the population balance approach adopted by Matsui, Fukushi and Tambo. It is found that flotation, in general, is enhanced by the use of larger particles and larger bubbles. In particular, it is concluded that for the ultra-high surface loading rates of 25 m/hr or more planned for future flotation tanks, bubble size will have to be increased by a factor of two over the size currently employed in many facilities during dissolved air flotation.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-166
Number of pages8
JournalWater Science and Technology
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2001