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Thickening

Thickening processes are those which concentrate the sludge by removing part of the free water, i.e. the water not associated with the sludge particles or flocs. In doing so, the finished product retains the liquid, free-flowing characteristics of the feed sludge, so that it can still be conveyed by pumping. Thickening normally increases the dry solids (DS) content to between 4 and 6%.

Thickening related videos

Huber DAF process (HDF) Source: HUBER SE / YouTube

Huber DAF process (HDF)

A video to demonstrate the principles of the Huber dissolved air flotation plant.

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Thickening features and blogs

Fig. 4.  SP filtrate and acidified sludge samples
Feature

Phosphorus recovery by sludge acidification and dewatering

A pilot-scale Danish study of phosphorus extraction from acidified anaerobic and aerobic sludge samples has revealed removal to be more effective from anaerobic sludges, even though the digested sludge alkalinity increases the total acid demand.

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