The MBR Book, 2nd Edition

Principles and Applications of Membrane Bioreactors for Water and Wastewater Treatment

The MBR Book, 2nd Edition,Simon Judd,ISBN9780080966823






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A complete reference and tutorial on MBR technology and applications. Extensively updated, the second edition is the only complete guide on the market for this key filtration technology.

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Key Features

  • Membrane Bioreactors are a major growth area in the water and waste water treatment industries
  • Internationally-known author, one of the leading senior experts in MBR research
  • Principles and practice, backed by industrial case studies
  • Description

    A Membrane BioReactor (MBR) is the combination of a membrane process (e.g. microfiltration/ ultrafiltration) with a suspended growth bioreactor. When used with domestic wastewater, MBR processes can produce effluent of high enough quality to be discharged to waterways, or to be reclaimed for urban irrigation. Other advantages of MBRs over conventional processes include small footprint, easy retrofit and upgrade of old wastewater treatment plants.

    The MBR Book covers all important aspects of Membrane BioReactors in water and waste water treatment, from the fundamentals of the processes via design principles to MBR technologies. Industrial case studies help interpret actual results and give pointers for best practice. Useful appendices provide data on commercial membranes and international membrane organizations.

    The MBR book enables readers to:

    • Understand the fundamental processes involved in membrane and biotreatment technologies
    • Compare and contrast design options and work through sample calculations
    • Review commercial MBR systems in terms of specific applications
    • Learn from case studies involving domestic and industrial effluent treatment and recycling
    • Analyze process design, operation, performance and maintenance to draw conclusions appropriate to their requirements

    New to the second edition:

    45% more content than the first edition.

    • Over 120 contributors from the academic research and municipal/industrial practitioner communities.
    • Review  of MBR status in ten countries.
    • Expanded section on anaerobic MBRs, micropollutant fate and hybrid systems.
    • Simplified design methodology, with biokinetics for dynamic modelling and cost benefit analysis.
    • Expanded operation and maintenance section, informed by expert panel of practitioners offering more than 40 years combined experience.
    • Over 40 MBR membrane products described, with most of the technical specifications provided.
    • Over 50 case studies provided, including key design, performance, and operation and maintenance data in almost all cases.


    Chemical and process engineers; environmental engineers; filtration specialists; water and waste companies; consultants

    Simon Judd

    Professor Simon Judd has been a member of staff at Cranfield since August 1992, and has managed and/or procured most of the biomass separation MBR programmes conducted within the Centre since that time. He has been principal or co-investigator on three major UK research council-sponsored programmes dedicated to MBRs with respect to in-building water recycling, sewage treatment and contaminated groundwaters/landfill leachate, as well as two EU-sponsored MBR programmes (EUROMBRA and MBRTRAIN). He has also managed projects in membranes for potable and industrial water treatment, as well as in water recycling. As well as publishing extensively in the research literature, Simon has co-authored three textbooks in membrane and MBR technology. Invited presentations at international membrane conferences have included five keynote papers. He has also provided consultancy to clients based in Denmark, Finland, Japan, Korea, North America, Switzerland and the UK, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Research Coordinator and Professor of Membrane Technology, Cranfield University, UK

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    The MBR Book, 2nd Edition

    1. Introduction
    2. Fundamentals
    3. Design, Operation and Maintenance
    4. Commercial Technologies
    5. Case Studies

    Appendix A: Conversions
    Appendix B: MBR biotreatment base parameter values
    Appendix C: Membrane products


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