Digested sludge rheology: Similarities with soft glassy materials

Baudez, J, Gupta, R, Slatter, P, Eshtiaghi, N and Parthasarathy, R 2011, 'Digested sludge rheology: Similarities with soft glassy materials', in Vincent Gomes, University of Sydney (ed.) Chemeca 2011, Sydney, Australia, 18-21 September 2011, pp. 1-8.

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Title Digested sludge rheology: Similarities with soft glassy materials
Author(s) Baudez, J
Gupta, R
Slatter, P
Eshtiaghi, N
Parthasarathy, R
Year 2011
Conference name Chemeca 2011
Conference location Sydney, Australia
Conference dates 18-21 September 2011
Proceedings title Chemeca 2011
Editor(s) Vincent Gomes, University of Sydney
Publisher Engineers Australia, 2011
Place of publication Sydney, Australia
Start page 1
End page 8
Total pages 8
Abstract Despite the obvious advantages of anaerobic sludge digestion viz. sludge reduction and sustainable management, it has some drawbacks. In particular, anaerobic digestion produces a complex and unknown residue - sludge - which is difficult to treat and to dewater. Because dewatering mainly involves rheological solid characteristics, this paper focuses on the similarities between these residues with other well-known materials through a series of performing rheological dynamic measurements. By performing strain and frequency sweeps at different concentrations and temperatures in the range from 10 to 60°C, we show that digested sludge exhibits strong similarities with soft glassy materials. The result show a peak in loss modulus - G''- and a monotonic decrease of elastic modulus - G'- the hallmark of soft glassy materials. These results indicate that we can use all the known characteristics of soft glassy materials to better understand the rheological behaviour of digested sludge. It further provides a basis for future work for the modelling of model materials to simulate real sludge behaviour.
Subjects Wastewater Treatment Processes
Keyword(s) Digested sludge
Soft-Glassy materials
Temperature effect.
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