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Effect of inoculum concentration on start-up of UASB reactor

Tenorio, D.O., Ho, G.E.ORCID: 0000-0001-9190-8812 and Gibbs, R.A. (1995) Effect of inoculum concentration on start-up of UASB reactor. Australasian Biotechnology, 5 (5). pp. 304-308.

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Three identical laboratory upflow anaerobic sludge blanket reactors were operated under various initial sludge concentrations (10, 30 and 60 gVSS/L-reactor) to determine the effect of sludge concentration on the start-up rate. It was hypothesised that increasing the sludge concentration would increase the formation of rapid settling granules or floes. A sludge concentration of 30 gVSSIL-reactor gave better COD removal of 88% (at COD loading of 5 g/L) than 10 gVSS/L -reactor (58%). Increasing the sludge concentration to 60 gVSS/L -reactor resulted in greater washout with a slight improvement in COD reduction (90%). When the COD loading was increased to 20 g/L (week 4) removal of 79% was still achieved in the reactor with high initial sludge concentration compared to low initial sludge concentration (51% removal). Washout detracted from reactor performance, so of the three concentrations tested 30 gVSS/L -reactor appeared to be optimal.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Biological and Environmental Sciences
Publisher: Australian Biotechnology Association
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