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Drying

In sludge drying the moisture from sludge is removed as water vapour by heating, rather than being removed as a liquid via mechanical means such as in thickening or dewatering. The sludge is normally dried to solid concentrations above 65% to produce pellets or, at the highest solids concentrations of 90% or more, a powder. Pelleted or powdered sludge is more readily conveyed than the dewatered sludge of higher water content, which exists as large lumps.

Drying related videos

Fluidised bed dryer, Andritz Source: ANDRITZ GROUP / YouTube

Fluidised bed dryer, Andritz

Video to demonstrate sludge drying in a fluidized bed dryer.

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Drying features and blogs

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Anaerobic digestion optimization through thermal hydrolysis pre-treatment

Pre-treatment of sludge by thermal hydrolysis upstream of anaerobic digestion is used to improve AD efficiency. A study looked at (pre-)commissioning data for a full-scale AD installation undergoing upgrading with TH to assess the basis for optimisation.

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