In this study, the rheological properties of thermophilic biological sludge (TBS) have been investigated evaluating the influence of non‐volatile solids (NVS). Calcium carbonate, sand, and sodium bentonite were separately added to the sludge to evaluate the effect of concentration and type of NVS. Results show that TBS consistency coefficient significantly enhanced increasing sodium bentonite concentration. On the contrary, calcium carbonate and sand showed relatively small influence on the rheological properties of TBS. Thixotropic behaviour of TBS has also been investigated and is more pronounced at higher shear rate (1000 s−1). Double exponential fitting model was the best choice to represent thixotropic behaviour in case of low (100 s−1) and high shear rate (1000 s−1), while a single‐exponential model represents the best option in case of medium shear rate (400 s−1).

Understanding the Influence of Diverse Non‐Volatile Media on Rheological Properties of Thermophilic Biological Sludge and Evaluation of Its Thixotropic Behaviour

Collivignarelli M. C.;Todeschini S.;Bellazzi S.;Carnevale Miino M.
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Caccamo F. M.;Calatroni S.;Baldi M.;Manenti S.
2022

Abstract

In this study, the rheological properties of thermophilic biological sludge (TBS) have been investigated evaluating the influence of non‐volatile solids (NVS). Calcium carbonate, sand, and sodium bentonite were separately added to the sludge to evaluate the effect of concentration and type of NVS. Results show that TBS consistency coefficient significantly enhanced increasing sodium bentonite concentration. On the contrary, calcium carbonate and sand showed relatively small influence on the rheological properties of TBS. Thixotropic behaviour of TBS has also been investigated and is more pronounced at higher shear rate (1000 s−1). Double exponential fitting model was the best choice to represent thixotropic behaviour in case of low (100 s−1) and high shear rate (1000 s−1), while a single‐exponential model represents the best option in case of medium shear rate (400 s−1).
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