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Co-biodrying of sewage sludge and organic fraction of municipal solid waste: A thermogravimetric assessment of the blends
- Zhang, Difang, Luo, Wenhai, Liu, Yifei, Yuan, Jing, Li, Guoxue
- Waste management 2019 v.95 pp. 652-660
- burning, combustion, corn stover, mixing, municipal solid waste, raw materials, sewage sludge, temperature, thermogravimetry, waste management
- This study investigated the thermogravimetric properties of sewage sludge and organic fraction of municipal solid waste (OFMSW) during their co-biodrying at different fractions. Sewage sludge and OFMSW were co-biodried at the mass proportion of 0%, 42.5% and 85% (of the total wet weight), respectively, with 15% cornstalk as the bulking agent. Results show that of these three raw materials, OFMSW exhibited the lowest ignition temperature and the highest burnout temperature. Moreover, OFMSW had a better comprehensive combustion performance (S) than sewage sludge. Blending OFMSW, sewage sludge and cornstalk showed the highest S value (4.0 × 10−7%2 min−2 °C−3). In addition, there existed certain interactions between the co-combustion process, especially at high temperature stage. The burning characteristics, including ignition performance, burnout efficiency, DTGmax and S increased with fluctuations in the first 6–9 days of co-biodrying process, and then declined in all treatments. Hence, 15-day of biodrying made the product with poor burning behavior (S value of 1.0 × 10−7–1.4 × 10−7%2 min−2 °C−3). More importantly, the optimal combustion performance was observed when co-biodrying the same amount (42.5%) of sewage sludge and OFMSW with the peak of 8.3 × 10−7%2 min−2 °C−3 achieved on day 9. In addition, the blends were easier to burn after the biodrying process.