Industrial discharges from manufacturing streptomycin sulfate (SS) are inhibitory to biological wastewater treatment and need to be stripped of residual SS. For effective SS recovery from the wastewater, a two-stage foam separation technology was investigated using a column with a vertical ellipsoid-shaped channel (VEC) and a conventional one, and sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) served as the collector. The mechanism of enhancing foam drainage by VEC was theoretically analyzed. In the first stage, the column with VEC was used and under the optimal conditions of the liquid-loading volume 300 mL, volumetric airflow rate 100 mL/min, the initial pH 7.0 and the molar ratio of SDS to SS 8.0, an improved SS enrichment ratio of 16.7 was obtained. In the second stage, a conventional column was used and with a volumetric airflow rate of 450 mL/min, the foamate had a SS concentration of about 0.5 g/L, so it was used as the feed solution of the first stage. By the two-stage technology, the total SS recovery percentage reached as high as 99.7%. Thus, it was significantly effective for the two-stage foam separation technology to recover SS from the simulative wastewater. © 2012 American Institute of Chemical Engineers Biotechnol. Prog., 2012
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