Quantitative investigation of hydraulic mixing energy input during batch mode anaerobic digestion and its impact on performance

McLeod, J, Othman, M and Parthasarathy, R 2018, 'Quantitative investigation of hydraulic mixing energy input during batch mode anaerobic digestion and its impact on performance', Bioresource Technology, vol. 263, pp. 583-590.


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Title Quantitative investigation of hydraulic mixing energy input during batch mode anaerobic digestion and its impact on performance
Author(s) McLeod, J
Othman, M
Parthasarathy, R
Year 2018
Journal name Bioresource Technology
Volume number 263
Start page 583
End page 590
Total pages 8
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract The relationship between mixing energy input and biogas production was investigated by anaerobically digesting sewage sludge in lab scale, hydraulically mixed, batch mode digesters at six different specific energy inputs. The goal was to identify how mixing energy influenced digestion performance at quantitative levels to help explain the varying results in other published works. The results showed that digester homogeneity was largely uninfluenced by energy input, whereas cumulative biogas production and solids destruction were. With similar solids distributions between conditions, the observed differences were attributed to shear forces disrupting substrate-microbe flocs rather than the formation of temperature and/or concentration gradients. Disruption of the substrate-microbe flocs produced less favourable conditions for hydrolytic bacteria, resulting in less production of biomass and more biogas. Overall, this hypothesis explains the current body of research including the inhibitory conditions reported at extreme mixing power inputs. However, further work is required to definitively prove it.
Subject Wastewater Treatment Processes
Keyword(s) Anaerobic digestion
Biogas
Mixing intensity
Sewage sludge
DOI - identifier 10.1016/j.biortech.2018.05.038
Copyright notice © 2018 Elsevier Ltd
ISSN 0960-8524
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