Borja, Rafael and Banks, Charles J.
Response of an anaerobic fluidized bed reactor treating ice-cream wastewater to organic, hydraulic, temperature and pH shocks
Journal of Biotechnology, 39, (3), . (doi:10.1016/0168-1656(95)00021-H).
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An anaerobic fluidized bed reactor, operating at 35° C, was used to treat ice-cream wastewater with an influent chemical oxygen demand (COD) of 5.2 g l?1. Start-up of the reactor was achieved within 30 days by use of a regime that included stepped increases in influent COD and methanol substitution of the substrate. A steady state was achieved with 94.4% COD reduction at an organic COD loading rate of 15.6 g l?1 d?1 (HRT 8 h). This rate is somewhat faster than those achieved in previously reported studies. The reactor was subjected to transient changes in temperature, pH, influent flow-rate and COD for 6 and 12 h periods. The quality of the effluent deteriorated under these shock load conditions but returned to steady-state values within 6–16 h upon restoring normal conditions. The stability of the reactor under unfavourable process conditions is discussed.
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