Abstract

Traditionally, batch settling tests have been employed to determine the values of the settling parameters V0 and K of the Vesilind equation which represents activated sludge settling velocity as a function of solids concentration. It remains unresolved how closely batch settling tests describe settling in full-scale clarifiers. An experimental procedure was developed to determine scale factors between batch settling and full-scale solids flux curves. An experimental protocol was determined for full-scale clarifier operation, including specific criteria of necessary instrumentation and operational flexibility. Several graphical techniques were evaluated and a procedure was selected to determine a scale factor between batch and full-scale settling. The specified procedure requires determination of underflow velocity and concentration. The scale factor was approximately 0.84 as applied to the limiting flux, thus clarifiers designed from batch settling tests would be underdesigned. In addition, a methodology was developed to account for batch flux curve variability in the form of a safety factor. Finally, a design procedure was recommended to calculate clarifier area based on the scale factor determined from the batch and full-scale experiments.

Graduation Date

1989

Semester

Fall

Advisor

Dietz, John D.

Degree

Master of Science (M.S.)

College

College of Engineering

Format

PDF

Language

English

Rights

Written permission granted by copyright holder to the University of Central Florida Libraries to digitize and distribute for nonprofit, educational purposes.

Length of Campus-only Access

None

Access Status

Masters Thesis (Open Access)

Identifier

DP0011927

Included in

Engineering Commons

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