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Understanding and Predicting Foam in Anaerobic Digester

Authors: I. R. Kanu, T. J. Aspray, A. J. Adeloye

Abstract:

As a result of the ambiguity and complexity surrounding anaerobic digester foaming, efforts have been made by various researchers to understand the process of anaerobic digester foaming so as to proffer a solution that can be universally applied rather than site specific. All attempts ranging from experimental analysis to comparative review of other process has not fully explained the conditions and process of foaming in anaerobic digester. Studying the current available knowledge on foam formation and relating it to anaerobic digester process and operating condition, this piece of work presents a succinct and enhanced understanding of foaming in anaerobic digesters as well as introducing a simple method to identify the onset of anaerobic digester foaming based on analysis of historical data from a field scale system.

Keywords: Biogas, Surfactants, foam, anaerobic digester, wastewater sludge

Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1110209

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