Effect of cell purge on the stability of microfiltration cell recycle fermentation systems

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Fermentation with complete cell recycle on microfiltration tubular membranes was studied and its effect upon broth theology evaluated. The increase in cell concentration was found to be responsible for a continuous rise in viscosity leading to changes of broth theology and consequent operating problems. A strategy to control the broth theological behaviour with the aim of achieving long-term stable fermentations is proposed. This strategy involves the use of a cell purge in order to maintain cell concentration at a manageable level. The results obtained show that the total cell concentration in the fermenter can be stabilised if the cell bleed rate is calculated to remove exactly the amount of cells produced. To obtain long-term stable fermentations, the time to initiate the bleeding procedure and the cell bleed rate need to be determined and optimised.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-208
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1997



  • Broth rheology
  • Cell recycle
  • Fermentation stability
  • Microfiltration

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