In situ 3D characterization of Aquamarijn microsieves fouling was achieved using Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy (CLSM). A filtration chamber allowing direct microscopic observation of microbial cell deposition and cake characterization, specially designed for in situ observations, was used. Fluorescent dyed Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast suspensions were filtered through 0.8 μm and 2 μm pore diameters silicon nitride microsieves under constant flow rate. The on-line yeasts deposition was recorded and the cake construction was followed layer by layer. Based on the 3D image processing, cake properties (particle arrangement, homogeneity, thickness and porosity). The compressibility of the yeast cake was analyzed. Finally, cake removal efficiency was also studied during microsieve cleaning operation.
Ben Hassan, Ines, Christine Lafforgue, Abdelmoneim Ayadi, Philippe Schmitz
Food and Bioproducts Processing