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Application of anaerobic fluidized bed reactors in wastewater treatment: a review

R. Saravanane (Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, India)
D.V.S. Murthy (Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, India)

Environmental Management and Health

ISSN: 0956-6163

Article publication date: 1 May 2000


During the past ten years, anaerobic process has become a popular technology for treating concentrated effluents. Research and development programmes led by both engineers and microbiologists have resulted in a better understanding of the microbiology of anaerobic reactions and reactor design for anaerobic processes. Considerable progress has been achieved in the development of high rate anaerobic reactors with several configurations for treating concentrated industrial effluents. In this review, attention is paid to highlighting the conceptual and full scale developments of anaerobic fluidized bed reactors, in respect of process performance, design concepts, start‐up of the reactor, stability of the system with respect to various operating parameters, reactor configurations, comparison with competing reactor designs for concentrated industrial effluents and kinetics and modelling of reactor systems.



Saravanane, R. and Murthy, D.V.S. (2000), "Application of anaerobic fluidized bed reactors in wastewater treatment: a review", Environmental Management and Health, Vol. 11 No. 2, pp. 97-117.




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