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Anaerobic Digestion: Modern Theory and Practice

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Overview

There is now an increasing concern in many countries about pollution by effluents from factories, farms and domestic sources. This book reviews recent developments in the theory and practice of digestion to give the reader the basic facts about the process and the relevant papers from to proceed further.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Ch. 2 The Microbiology and Biochemistry of Anaerobic Digestion 7
General considerations 8
Substrate degradations 17
Physical factors 17
Enumerating the bacteria 21
The breakdown of carbohydrates 26
Carbohydrates in feedstocks 26
Bacteria concerned in polysaccharide digestion 30
The metabolism of nitrogen compounds 34
Metabolic pathways and the bacteria involved in protein metabolism 35
The metabolism of fatty acids, lipids and hydrogen, and production of methane 38
Methane production 39
Some inhibitions of digester bacterial reactions 47
Startup of digesters 61
The 'rumen' digester 63
Ch. 3 Mathematical Models 73
The economic and engineering model 75
The biological model 78
General considerations 78
The stirred-tank digester 81
Steady-state models 81
The steady-state digester model 85
Dynamic models 96
Some other models 100
Retained-biomass digesters 102
Two-phase and two-stage digesters 107
Tubular digesters 109
Ch. 4 Types of Digesters and their Construction 121
Design and operation 121
Sludge and slurry digesters 122
Mixing 123
Heating 124
Loading rates 126
The Contact digester 127
Anaerobic filters 128
The upflow sludge blanket UASB digester 132
The fluidised-bed digester 135
Other types 136
Construction 137
Concrete 137
Enamelled steel 139
Steel tanks 139
Plastics 140
Rural digesters 140
Gas holders 141
Digester overflow and secondary tanks 143
Ch. 5 Pretreatment of Feedstocks 149
Physical pretreatments 151
Removal of digestible solids, or of liquids 151
Removal of non-biodegradable solids 153
Mainly biological pretreatments 155
Particle-size reduction 161
Chemical, with or without physical, pretreatments 164
Ch. 6 Digestion of High-Solids Feedstocks 175
Simple and modified batch digesters 176
Fed-batch digesters 182
Continuous-flow stirred tanks 185
The climatically-heated, small-farm digester 186
The 'standard' stirred-tank sewage digester 188
Thermophilic digestion 191
Modifications to the stirred-tank digester 193
Plug-flow and similar digesters 197
Liquified solids 198
Ch. 7 Digestion of Low-Solids Feedstocks 207
The 'feedback' or 'contact' digester 209
The anaerobic filter 210
The expanded- or fluidised-bed digester 214
The upflow sludge-blanket digester 216
Baffled and similar digesters 219
Ch. 8 Uses of Digester Products 227
Use as fertilizer 228
Animal feedstuffs 234
Indirect use to produce animal or human feeds 238
Biogas 240
Ch. 9 Running and Control of Digesters 247
Safety 247
Physical control systems 248
Analytical control systems 250
Appendix 259
Glossary of terms 259
Types of digester 259
Terms used in digester running 259
Terms used in descriptions of wastes and their treatment 260
Reference 261
Index 263
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