Effect of degree of prepolymerisation of coagulant and ratio of phosphate-inorganic metal on coagulated sludge
by Lelum Manamperuma; Harsha Ratnaweera; Arve Heistad; Liubov Vasenko
International Journal of Environmental Technology and Management (IJETM), Vol. 19, No. 3/4, 2016

Abstract: Phosphates are becoming a limited resource as mineral phosphorus (P) reserves are dropping down and probably will be over within next three to five decades. One of the solutions for this problem is to reuse the wastewater sludge as the P source in plant growth. However, the potential to increase the plant availability of phosphorus (PAP) in coagulated sludge is reported to be 80-90% less than sludge from biological treatment. Effect of OH/Al ratios of coagulants and initial orto-phosphate (OP) levels on growth rate of plants and methods to improve PAP by different coagulants combined with cationic polymers were studied. Plant growth tests confirmed that the sludge obtained from higher OH/Al ratio coagulants has higher growth rates. Also combine dosing of cationic polymer with inorganic coagulants have higher biomass allocation than only with inorganic coagulants.

Online publication date:: Mon, 13-Feb-2017

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