The influence of engineering scale on the performance of compost bioreactors for the remediation of divalent metals

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  2. Dr Catherine Gandy
  3. Dr Adam Jarvis
Author(s)Gandy CJ, Jarvis AP
Editor(s)Rude, T.R., Freund, A., Wolkersdorfer, C.
Publication type Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)
Conference NameIMWA Congress 2011: Mine Water - Managing the Challenges
Conference LocationAachen, Germany
Year of Conference2011
Source Publication Date4-11 September 2011
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The effects of engineering scale on the performance of a compost-based system for the remediation of a discharge from an abandoned metal mine in Cumbria, UK, has been investigated by the simultaneous operation of laboratory-scale columns, under both controlled laboratory and field conditions, and a pilot-scale system. Clear differences in the performance of the systems are seen, demonstrating the importance of environmental conditions and engineering scale. Early indications are that temperature, in particular, plays an important role in the attenuation of zinc within such systems. Implications for full-scale design of these treatment systems are discussed in this paper.