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Passavant® Mammutrotor®

Corby, England

Passavant® Mammutrotor® - Good Choice for a Reliable and Maintenance-Friendly Aeration System


The town of Corby is located in England in the district of Northamptonshire. Until 1981 the second largest steel factory in Europe was located here. The wastewater treatment plant in Corby is designed for 110,500 PE, which corresponds to a dry weather inflow capacity of 18,454 m┬│/d. There are two process streams. Approximately 2/3 of the wastewater is treated in the conventional biological process and the remaining wastewater is treated in an MBBR process.

The conventional biological stage consists of two rectangular oxidation ditches, each 50m long, 20m wide and 2.2m deep.
The required oxygen input is achieved by surface aeration with 4 horizotal shaft aerators in each tank. Anglian Water  replaced the first 2 of 8 shaft aerators in 2011.  Due to a series of reliability concerns, the decision was made to replace the remaining rotors.


Following a tender process, Anglian Water decided to work with EPS Water based on a lump sum proposal that included lifting stations among others. When choosing the rotor manufacturer, the Passavant-Geiger GmbH was able to convince by its Passavant® Mammutrotor® brand owing decades of experience and proven durability of the units. This was coupled with the installation of a new gantry crane system by EPS, which makes fitting and lifting out much easier especially for maintenance work.

In 2016, 6 Passavant® Mammutrotor® MR 1000-9.0 with GRP paddles were delivered and installed. The required oxygen input and performance is achieved without additionally installed guide baffles.

The rotors are equipped with a 45 kW drive each and are operated at a speed of 72 rpm. The commissioned immersion depth of the paddles was 28 cm. This was sufficient to provide the specified oxygen transfer rate for the biological treatment. Moreover the installation of guide baffles can be carried out in further future to further improve the oxygen transfer rate by approximately 20%. Since commissioning in 2016, all 6 installed mammoth rotors operated efficiently and always reliably, demonstrating the efficacy and robustness of the solution selection.

Technical Data

6 x Passavant® Mammutrotor®

Type: MR 1000-9.0

Year of Installation: 2016

Diameter of Rotor: 1000 mm

Length of Rotor: 9000 mm

Drive Unit: 45 kW

Material Blades: GRP - Installed under concrete bridge and covered by walkable metal sheets


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