The Microbiology of Anaerobic Digesters / Edition 1

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Due to the importance of anaerobic digesters in wastewater treatment processes, a review of the microbiology of the bacteria and the operational conditions that affect their activity is of value in addressing successful and cost-effective operation. The Microbiology of Anaerobic Digesters -- the third book in the Wastewater Microbiology Series -- provides an in-depth review of the bacteria, their activity, and the operational conditions that affect anaerobic digester performance. Avoiding the technical jargon, chemical equations, and kinetics that typically accompany such texts, this comprehensive resource also discusses troubleshooting and process-control measures that will allow you to maintain treatment efficiency, prevent system upsets, and reduce operational costs. Prepared for an audience of operators and technicians who are responsible for the daily operation of anaerobic digesters, The Microbiology of Anaerobic Digesters covers important issues in this field. Fixed-film anaerobic digesters are becoming more and more common in the treatment of soluble organic compounds in wastewater. The Microbiology of Anaerobic Digesters will introduce readers to this important topic and provide them with the necessary information for understanding the biological conditions of this treatment process.
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“An in-depth review...” (Environmental Science & Technology, March 15, 2004)

“...easy-to-follow and descriptive of the anaerobic system/process.” (Journal of Hazardous Materials, Vol. 106, 2004)

"This book provides an in-depth review of the bacteria, their activity, and the operational conditions that affect anaerobic digester performance.” (Journal of the American Water Resources Association, December 2003)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471206934
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/18/2003
  • Series: Wastewater Microbiology Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I Overview 1
1 Introduction 3
2 Bacteria 11
3 Methane-forming Bacteria 17
4 Respiration 31
5 Anaerobic Food Chain 39
6 Fermentation 43
7 Anaerobic Digestion Stages 51
Pt. II Substrates, Products, and Biogas 59
8 Substrates and Products 61
9 Biogas 73
Pt. III Operational Conditions 77
10 Introduction to Operational Conditions 79
11 Start-up 81
12 Sludge Feed 85
13 Retention Times 87
14 Temperature 89
15 Nutrients 93
16 Alkalinity and pH 99
17 Toxicity 105
18 Mixing 117
Pt. IV Process Control and Troubleshooting 121
19 Upsets and Unstable Digesters 123
20 Foam and Scum Production and Accumulation 127
21 Supernatant 133
22 Monitoring 135
Pt. V Digesters 141
23 Types of Anaerobic Digesters 143
24 Anaerobic Digesters versus Aerobic Digesters 153
References 161
Abbreviations and Acronyms 165
Chemical Compounds and Elements 167
Glossary 171
Index 175
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