Damien J. Batstone B. Chemical Engineering (Hons) ABSTRACT High-rate anaerobic degradation of soluble organic pollutants is becoming very popular, particularly for carbohydrate-based industrial wastewaters. Despite the successes achieved, there are significant limitations in the application of this technology to more complex wastewaters. These are defined as containing other organic compounds such as particulate and soluble proteins and fats, and originate from abattoirs (slaughterhouses), meat and food processing and similar industries. Complex wastewater is often difficult to degrade and components such as solids and fats have slow degradation kinetics and can diminish process performance. Also, the growth of granular sludge, which is critical for optimal performance in upflow reactors, is slow and granule properties such as shear strength and settling velocity are poorer. This is reflected in a lower treatment efficiency of 50%-60% in systems treating complex wastewater compared with efficiencies of 85%-95% in carbohydrate fed treatment systems. Makalenin tamamına ekten ulaşabilirsiniz.