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The effect of organic loading rate on foam initiation during mesophilic anaerobic digestion of municipal wastewater sludge.
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PMID:  21507623     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
The impact of increasing organic load on anaerobic digestion foaming was studied at both full and bench scale. Organic loadings of 1.25, 2.5 and 5kgVSm(-3) were applied to bench-scale digesters. Foaming was monitored at a full scale digester operated in a comparable organic loading range over 15months. The bench scale batch studies identified 2.5kgVSm(-3) as a critical threshold for foam initiation while 5kgVSm(-3) resulted in persistent foaming. Investigation of a full scale foaming event corroborated the laboratory observation that foaming may be initiated at a loading rate of ⩾2.5kgVSm(-3). Experimental findings on foam composition and differences in the quality characteristics between foaming and non-foaming sludges indicated that foam initiation derived from the combined effect of the liquid and gas phases inside a digester and that the solids/biomass ultimately stabilized foaming.
Nafsika Ganidi; Sean Tyrrel; Elise Cartmell
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-3-31
Journal Detail:
Title:  Bioresource technology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1873-2976     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Mar 
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Created Date:  2011-4-21     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9889523     Medline TA:  Bioresour Technol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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