Expanded granular sludge bed digestion

Expanded granular sludge bed digestion

An expanded granular sludge bed (EGSB) reactor is a variant of the UASB concept [ [http://www.uasb.org/discover/agsb.htm#egsb UASB and EGSB] Field, J. (2002) Anaerobic granular sludge bed technology pages, anaerobic granular sludge bed reactor technology ] . The distinguishing feature is that a faster rate of upward-flow velocity is designed for the wastewater passing through the sludge bed. The increased flux permits partial expansion (fluidisation) of the granular sludge bed, improving wastewater-sludge contact as well as enhancing segregation of small inactive suspended particle from the sludge bed. The increased flow velocity is either accomplished by utilizing tall reactors, or by incorporating an effluent recycle (or both). A scheme depicting the EGSB design concept is shown in this [http://www.uasb.org/discover/agsb.htm#egsb EGSB diagram] .

The EGSB design is appropriate for low strength soluble wastewaters (less than 1 to 2 g soluble COD/l) or for wastewaters that contain inert or poorly biodegradable suspended particles which should not be allowed to accumulate in the sludge bed.

ee also

*Anaerobic digestion
*Anaerobic digester types
*Upflow anaerobic sludge blanket digestion

External links

* [http://www.uasb.org UASB & EGSB Website]


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