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Convective dryers

Convective (or direct) dryers are the most commonly used type of dryer for removing moisture from sewage sludge using heat. The sludge particles are in direct contact with hot gas – air or steam – which provides the heat needed to evaporate the water. They can be configured as conveyer belts (belt dyers), fluidised beds, rotating drums, or flash (pneumatic) dryers. Belt, fluidised bed, rotating drum dryers are the most often used configurations in sewage sludge drying. Since these dryers demand a significant air volume, the air is often recirculated prior to venting to conserve energy.

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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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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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