Transforming anaerobically digested sludge into high-quality biosolids with an integrated physiochemical approach

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Author(s)

  • Wenbo Yu
  • Haoran Duan
  • Zhiyao Wang
  • Jiakuan Yang
  • Min Zheng

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Article number106416
Journal / PublicationResources, Conservation and Recycling
Volume184
Online published25 May 2022
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2022
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

This study aims to propose an optimum integrated strategy for recovery and carbon sink by simultaneously considering low-valued recyclables recycling and non-recyclables reduction in anaerobically digested (AD) sludge management. This is achieved based on the scienctific finding in this study that three rounds of acid-elutriation of the AD sludge (pH ≤ 2) effectively reduced the water content of the sludge filtration cake from 96.3 ± 0.8 to 73.6 ± 0.6 wt%, indicating an 86% reduction of sludge volume. The acid-elutriation also improved the stabilization of AD sludge in terms of specific oxygen uptake rate and pathogen level, which meets the criteria of Class-A Biosolids (United States Environment Protection Agency). The quality of dewatered sludge was enhanced with the reduction of >80% metals (including toxic B, Cr, Mn, Ni, Pb, and Zn). Fundamental investigations in this study illustrated a new mechanism underlying the observed substantial dewaterability improvements, i.e. acid-elutriation removes hydrophilic organic matter and leads to decreased repulsive force from hydration interaction energy. This novel mechanism suggests potential opportunities of combining other treatment technologies with elutriation, to achieve enhanced dewatering performance. © 2022 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Research Area(s)

  • Acid-elutriation, Anaerobically digested sludge, Dewaterability, Metal solubilization, Sludge management, Stabilization

Citation Format(s)

Transforming anaerobically digested sludge into high-quality biosolids with an integrated physiochemical approach. / Yu, Wenbo; Duan, Haoran; Wang, Zhiyao et al.
In: Resources, Conservation and Recycling, Vol. 184, 106416, 09.2022.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review