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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%.

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Sludge solids separation theory Source: Judd Water & Wastewater Consultants / YouTube

Sludge solids separation theory

Sludge solids separation theory − a brief introduction to the theories around sludge sedimentation, cake filtration and cake compression.

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Thickening 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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