Use of control reactors in biological wastewater treatment studies

Isa, M.H. (2004) Use of control reactors in biological wastewater treatment studies. In: Third National Civil Engineering Conference (AWAM 2004), School of Civil Engineering, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia, July 2004, Penang, Malaysia.

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Stimulation and inhibition studies are often conducted to study the effect of nutrients, heavy metals, organic substances, etc. on anaerobic bacteria. The approach followed generally involves using one biological reactor as a control reactor and then comparing the performances of other reactors with it. Biological identities such as micro organisms, however, can behave differently even if their operating conditions may appear to be the same. In this experiment, two batch-fed anaerobic reactors were operated under similar conditions with respect to sludge source, feed type, organic loading, solids retention time, temperature, etc., yet their performance was found to be significantly different. This study also shows that the decision for increasing the organic loading rate on anaerobic biological reactors should not be governed by the COD removal efficiency alone. Rather it should be based on the methanogenic activity of the biomass.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Anaerobic digestion, volatile fatty acids (VFA), organic loading, methanogenic activity.
Subjects:T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
Departments / MOR / COE:Departments > Civil Engineering
ID Code:1377
Deposited By: Assoc Prof Dr Mohamed Hasnain Isa
Deposited On:21 Apr 2010 07:16
Last Modified:19 Jan 2017 08:27

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