Modeling of batch thickening of activated sludge

David A. Vaccari, Christopher G. Uchrin

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Compressive batch gravity thickening of flocculent slurries such as activated sludge is examined in terms of the models of A.S. Michaels & J.C. Bolger and of P. Kos. The results of simulation experiments are presented to show that the compressive models exhibit the proper behavior. The Sludge Volume Index (SVI) is studied theoretically and using simulations. Using compressive models, it is shown that the variation of SVI with respect to initial concentration can be predicted. It is concluded that the SVI test is ambiguous, and recommendations are made suggesting improved parameters which could be used to predict thickener performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)117-124
Number of pages8
JournalNational Conference on Environmental Engineering
StatePublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1990 Specialty Conference - Arlington, VA, USA
Duration: Jul 8 1990Jul 11 1990

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Engineering(all)


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