Treatment of pharmaceutical wastewater using thermophilic UASB reactor

Herumurti, W. and Isa, M.H. and Kutty, S.R.M. (2008) Treatment of pharmaceutical wastewater using thermophilic UASB reactor. In: International Graduate Conference on Engineering and Science (IGCES), School of Graduate Studies and Postgraduate Student Society, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Skudai – Johor, Malaysia, December, 2008, Johor, Malaysia.

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Biological treatment of pharmaceutical wastewater was performed using upflow anaerobic sludge blanket (UASB) reactor. Pre-treatments were not used in this study. Wastewater was taken from pharmaceutical factory that produced non-penicillin product. UASB reactor was evaluated under thermophilic (55±2°C) operating condition. Three hydraulic retention times (HRT) i.e. 5 days, 4 days, and 3 days were used for the UASB reactor. The UASB reactor was seeded with biomass from aerobic treatment. The chemical oxygen demand (COD) of wastewater was 458-2217 mg/L. COD removal efficiencies were approximately 85%. The highest methane production was achieved by the UASB reactor at HRT of 3 days. Analysis of variance (ANOVA) performed on the results showed that, at 5% level of significance; the COD removal was significantly affected by HRT.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Pharmaceutical wastewater, Thermophilic, UASB
Subjects:T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
Departments / MOR / COE:Departments > Civil Engineering
ID Code:1611
Deposited By: Assoc Prof Dr Mohamed Hasnain Isa
Deposited On:23 Apr 2010 08:44
Last Modified:19 Jan 2017 08:26

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