Borja, Rafael, Banks, Charles J. and Wang, Zhengjian
Kinetic evaluation of an anaerobic fluidised bed reactor treating slaughterhouse wastewater
Bioresource Technology, 52, (2), . (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.
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