Kinetic evaluation of an anaerobic fluidised bed reactor treating slaughterhouse wastewater

Borja, Rafael, Banks, Charles J. and Wang, Zhengjian (1995) Kinetic evaluation of an anaerobic fluidised bed reactor treating slaughterhouse wastewater. Bioresource Technology, 52, (2), 163-167. (doi:10.1016/0960-8524(95)00019-B).


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An anaerobic fluidised-bed reactor for purification of slaughterhouse wastewater was modelled as a continuous-flow, completely-mixed homogeneous microbial system, with the feed COD as the limiting-substrate concentration. The average microbial residence time in the reactor was defined in terms of conventional sludge-retention-time. The experimental data obtained indicated that the Michaelis-Menten expression was applicable to a description of substrate utilisation (i.e. COD removal) in the anaerobic fluidised-bed system. The maximum substrate utilisation rate, k, and the Michaelis constant, Ks, were determined to be 1·2/day and 0·039 g/l. The observed biomass yield in the reactor decreased with increasing sludge-retention-time. The specific methane production rate observed was a linear function of the specific substrate-utilisation rate.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1016/0960-8524(95)00019-B
ISSNs: 0960-8524 (print)
1873-2976 (electronic)
Keywords: anaerobic digestion, slaughterhouse wastewater, fluidised-bed reactor, kinetic model, michaelis-menten expression
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Civil Engineering and the Environment
ePrint ID: 75490
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Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2010
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:09

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