Assesment of Kinetic Parameters for Thermophilic Anaerobic Contact Reactor Treating Food-Processing Wastewater

Senturk E., Ynce M., Onkal Engin G.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH, vol.7, pp.293-302, 2013 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 7
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.293-302
  • Yıldız Technical University Affiliated: Yes


A thermophilic anaerobic contact reactor for the treatment of potato-processing wastewaters was designed as a continuous-flow, completely-mixed homogeneous system. The reactor was operated at ten different organic loading rates ranging from 0.84 g COD/L.d to 7.00 g COD/L.d for a duration of approximately 250 days. The fundamental way to maintain optimum operating conditions of anaerobic digestion systems is to have a well acquaintance with the dynamic behaviours of the process. For this purpose, different types of kinetic models were used in this study, namely the substrate balance, the maximum / specific substrate utilization rate and the methane production rate models. The experimental data obtained indicated that the models used were all applicable for the description of bio-kinetic behaviour of the thermophilic anaerobic contact reactor.