Determination of the hydrolysis constant in the biochemical methane potential test of municipal solid waste

Trzcinski, Antoine P. and Stuckey, David C. (2012) Determination of the hydrolysis constant in the biochemical methane potential test of municipal solid waste. Environmental Engineering Science , 29 (9). pp. 848-854. ISSN 1092-8758

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This article provides the methane yield of municipal solid waste and its main constituents using the biochemical ethane potential (BMP) test. The methane yield of kitchen waste (KW), paper waste (PW), and garden waste (GW) were 357 ( – 24.7), 147 ( – 17.1), and 114 ( – 0.6) mL CH4/g VS, respectively. The hydrolysis constant in the first order kinetic model was 0.25, 0.095, and 0.121 d- 1 for KW, PW, and GW, respectively. The effect of the inoculum to substrate (I/S) ratio in the BMP test was investigated. Methane yields of 297.4 ( – 18.6), 293.5 ( – 33.9), and 378.2 ( – 10.3) mL CH4/g VS were found at I/S ratios of 1.4, 7.2, and 12.9, respectively, whereas the hydrolysis constants were 0.112, 0.151, and 0.221 d- 1. A new method based on the production of soluble chemical oxygen demand (SCOD) while selectively inhibiting methanogenesis has been used to determine the hydrolysis constant (0.25 d- 1) according to its true definition, which is the conversion of particulate COD to SCOD, showing that the method based on methane evolution can underestimate the actual value when hydrolysis is not the rate-limiting step.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2016 05:10
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2018 02:39
Uncontrolled Keywords: anaerobic digestion; hydrolysis constant; municipal solid waste; inoculum to substrate (I/S) ratio
Fields of Research : 05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management
09 Engineering > 0907 Environmental Engineering > 090703 Environmental Technologies
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1089/ees.2011.0105

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