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Determination of optimum operating conditions of an acidification reactor treating a chemical synthesis-based pharmaceutical wastewater

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Thomas Donnelly, Dr Paul Sallis

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Abstract

In this study, the optimum operating conditions of a lab-scale completely stirred acidogenic reactor treating a chemical synthesis-based pharmaceutical wastewater were determined. Individual effects of hydraulic retention time (HRT), organic loading rate (OLR) and pH on the degree of acidification were investigated at a mesophilic temperature (35 ± 1 °C), for HRT in the range 8-24 h, OLR up to 14 kg COD/m3 d and pH in the range of 5.0-6.3. A maximum acidification level of 44% and COD removal efficiency of 13%, were obtained at an OLR of 13 kg COD/m3 d at pH of 5.5 ± 0.1 with an HRT of 12 h. Under these conditions, acetic, propionic and n-butyric acids were found to be predominant volatile fatty acids in the acidogenic reactor. © 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


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Author(s): Oktem YA, Ince O, Donnelly T, Sallis PJ, Ince BK

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Process Biochemistry

Year: 2006

Volume: 41

Issue: 11

Pages: 2258-2263

Print publication date: 01/11/2006

ISSN (print): 1359-5113

ISSN (electronic): 1873-3298

Publisher: Elsevier Ltd

URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.procbio.2006.05.016

DOI: 10.1016/j.procbio.2006.05.016


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