Transformation characteristics of carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus and sulfur during thermal hydrolysis pretreatment of sludge with high solid content

Yang Zhuo, Yun Han, Yao Cheng, Dang Cong Peng, Yu You Li

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Abstract

The transformation characteristics of carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus and sulfur in dewatering sludge from municipal wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) were investigated after thermal hydrolysis pretreatment at 165℃ for 50 min. The results showed that the hydrolysis efficiency of VSS could reach as high as 43.35%. 54.36% of protein and 65.12% of carbohydrate were transferred to dissolved organics, respectively, and the main component of dissolved organic matter in hydrolysate was dissolved protein (52.18%). 54.23% of insoluble organic nitrogen was turned into dissolved nitrogen and 22.13% of dissolved nitrogen in hydrolysate was converted to ammonia. The transformation rate of insoluble phosphorus was 30.52%. Dissolved phosphorus was mostly transformed to phosphate (79.84%) as phosphorus-accumulating bacteria cells were crushed. 50.03% of insoluble organic sulfur was hydrolyzed, and little change was detected in sulfide (0.50%). The analysis results of the organic compounds transformation are valuable for treatment of the thermal hydrolysis pretreated sludge with high solid content.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1006-1012
Number of pages7
JournalHuanjing Kexue/Environmental Science
Volume36
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Mar 15

Keywords

  • Hydrolysate
  • Hydrolysis product
  • Sludge with high solid content
  • Substance transformation
  • Thermal hydrolysis pretreatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)

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