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Pre-acidification in anaerobic sludge bed process treating brewery wastewater.

The effect of pre-acidification on anaerobic granule bed processes treating brewery wastewater was the focus of a comparison study employing two configurations, (a) a single stage upflow anaerobic sludge bed (UASB) and (b) an upflow acidification reactor in series with a methanogenic UASB. The pre-acidification reactor achieved 20 +/- 4% SCOD removal and 0.08 +/- 0.003 L of methane produced per gram of SCOD removal at a hydraulic retention time (HRT) of 0.75-4 h. Butyric acid was not detected and short chain fatty acids (SCFAs) were mainly acetic and propionic acids. The acidification ratio was about 0.42 +/- 0.02g SCFAs as COD,g of influent COD. Both systems' critical loading rate to achieve 80% COD removal was established at 34-39kgCOD/nm3 of total sludge bed volume per day. SCOD removal efficiency of 90 +/- 3% was achieved by both systems at an organic loading rate of 25 +/- 1 kg COD/m3 of total sludge bed volume per day, indicating that the installation of an acidification reactor had no effect in terms of the maximum granular activity, biomass granulation and the settleability of granules. At an organic loading rate of 67 kg COD/m3 of total sludge bed volume per day at an HRT of 1 h, the series system outperformed the single UASB by a removal of 62 compared to 57%.[1]


  1. Pre-acidification in anaerobic sludge bed process treating brewery wastewater. Ahn, Y.H., Min, K.S., Speece, R.E. Water Res. (2001) [Pubmed]
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