3.1 Receiver silo:
The sewer grit is delivered to the sewage treatment plant by a suction vehicle as a sludge mixture, or in already dewatered form by a truck, and immediately emptied into a receiver silo. The storage volume of the underground concrete silo is 150 m³ (8 m × 5 m × 4.5m [L x W x H]). A grate is fitted above the silo to retain trash.
A dewatering channel in the silo ensures that the seepage water can by gravity flow into a pump from where it is delivered into the RoSF9 Wash Drum by a submersible pump ( 15 m delivery height).
A biofilter is installed outside directly beside the silo. The exhaust air is sucked from the silo via a DN 500 pipeline and is introduced directly into the biofilter.
3.2 Dosing plant and coarse material removal
A grabbing crane takes the solids from the silo and lifts them to a geodetic height of approximately 10 m. From this height the contaminated material is dropped into a 6 m³ intermediate storage facility (RoSF7). A horizontally installed dosing screw (size 500) transports the material into the RoSF9 Wash Drum (see fig. 3).
Inside the Wash Drum all materials bigger than 15 mm are separated, washed and discharged into a screw conveyor. The wash water consumption of the Wash Drum is approximately 90 m³/h (circulation water).
3.3 Grit separation and grit washing:
All undersized particles in the Wash Drum (a 15 mm) are discharged into two COANDA Grit Washer RoSF4 units (see fig. 1). The Grit Washer units separate the grit from the organics/silt, wash the grit and remove it via a screw. The organics content in the grit is below 3% with grain size 0.2 mm. The wash water demand of the two Grit Washer units is approximately 22 m³/h. The wash water comes from the MBR plant on STP Qinghe.
3.4 Separation of organics and process water treatment:
The effluent from the grit washing plant flows by gravity through a DN 350 pipeline into a HUBER Rotary Drum Screen RoMesh (see fig. 4) where all organics size 2 - 15 mm are separated and removed. The screened effluent flows directly into an unaerated grit trap which serves as an intermediate buffer for the process water (circulation water). The wash water demand of the RoMesh screen is approximately 12 m³/h. The wash water comes from the MBR plant on STP Qinghe.
3.5 Silt removal:
The unaerated grit trap serves not only as an intermediate buffer for the circulation water but separates also silt up to a grain size of approximately 60 µm. A horizontal screw conveyor installed in the grit trap delivers the fine grit/silt from one end to the other end of the grit trap. There, with a volume flow of approximately 30 m³/h, a wear-resistant grit pump delivers all sediments to a hydrocyclone which reliably separates the fine particles with a grain size of 60 µm. The downstream water of the cyclone flows directly into a classifying screw which dewaters the silt statically and delivers it into a container.
The upstream water of the cyclone is returned into the intermediate buffer through a DN 100 pipeline. The intermediate buffer supplies the wash water for the Wash Drum (circulation water). Surplus water in the intermediate buffer, if any, is discharged directly into the sewer system, i.e. into the inflow to the sewage treatment plant.
3.6 Wash water management:
A total of up to 34 m³/h service water is required for the two RoSF4 Grit Washer units and the RoMesh screen. This amount of wash water is taken from the MBR plant on STP Qinghe. The inflowing service water is stored in a 25 m³ tank from where it is supplied to the consumers as needed. The circulation water from the intermediate buffer is taken as wash water for the RoSF9 Wash Drum as described above.
3.7 Exhaust air treatment:
The exhausts air treatment plant with a throughput capacity of 6,000 Nm³/h consists of several components: exhaust air ventilator, humidifier, biofilter plant, sprinkler system. The biofilter plant consists of a fixed bed reactor which is filled with active carbon. The exhaust air treatment plant cleans the contaminated air sucked from different areas of the whole plant. The biologically treated air is discharged into the atmosphere.