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Composting of dewatered wastewater sludge with various ratios of pruning waste used as a bulking agent and monitored by respirometer
Ponsá Salas, Sergio (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química)
Pagans i Miró, Estel·la (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química)
Sanchez, Antoni (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Biològica i Ambiental)

Date: 2009
Abstract: The effects of different volumetric ratios of wastewater sludge to bulking agent on the performance of full-scale composting were studied. Volumetric ratios of wastewater sludge to pruning waste, used as a bulking agent, were 1:2 (Pile 1), 1:2. 5 (Pile 2) and 1:3 (Pile 3). Experiments were carried out in an uncovered plant using windrow composting with weekly turning. To monitor the evolution of the three composting piles, routine parameters such as temperature and interstitial oxygen level, chemical parameters such as organic matter, moisture and C/N ratio, and biologically related indices such as respiration indices at process temperature (RIprocess) and at 37 °C (RI₃₇) were monitored. Different responses were observed in the three piles; Pile 1 did not accomplish the necessary requirements in terms of sanitation and RIprocess for a typical composting process; Piles 2 and 3 presented a similar behaviour, reaching thermophilic temperatures for a long period and, due to their high biological activity, high RIprocess. The quality of the product obtained in the three piles in terms of stability (RI₃₇ and the Rottegrade self-heating test) and maturity (germination index) were measured, with compost from Pile 3 the most stable. To achieve satisfactory stability and sanitation for application to land, optimisation of the sludge to bulking agent ratio used to process wastewater sludge into compost appears to be crucial.
Note: Número d'acord de subvenció MEC/CTM2006-00315/TECNO
Rights: Tots els drets reservats
Language: Anglès.
Document: article ; recerca ; submittedVersion
Subject: Bulking agent ; Composting ; Wastewater sludge
Published in: Biosystems engineering, Vol. 102, Issue 4 (Apr. 2009) , p. 433-443, ISSN 1537-5110

DOI: 10.1016/j.biosystemseng.2009.01.002

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