Fate of extracellular polymeric substances of anaerobically digested sewage sludge during pre-dewatering conditioning with Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans culture

Kumarasamy Murugesan, Balasubramani Ravindran, Ammaiyappan Selvam, Mayur B. Kurade, Shuk Man Yu, Jonathan W C WONG*

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Abstract

This study investigated the fate of extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) of anaerobically digested saline sewage sludge during its preconditioning. Sludge was conditioned with Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans (AF) culture for 24 h in the presence and absence of Fe2+ as an energy substrate. pH decreased from 7.24 to 3.12 during sludge conditioning process. The capillary suction time (CST) of conditioned sludge significantly decreased to <10 s, and specific resistance to filtration (SRF) was reduced by >94% as compared with control within 4 h of conditioning with or without Fe2+, indicating a significant (P < 0.001) improvement in sludge dewaterability. A noticeable decrease in extractable EPS was observed in conditioned sludge. The EPS contents showed a significant negative correlation with dewaterability of sludge (P < 0.05). The results suggest that bioacidification treatment using A. ferrooxidans effectively improved sludge dewaterability through modification of sludge EPS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-178
Number of pages6
JournalBioresource Technology
Volume217
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2016

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Waste Management and Disposal

User-Defined Keywords

  • Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans
  • Anaerobically digested sludge
  • Bioflocculant
  • Extracellular polymeric substances
  • Sludge dewaterability

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