Date of Award:

12-2020

Document Type:

Dissertation

Degree Name:

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department:

Biological and Irrigation Engineering

Committee Chair(s)

Ronald C. Sims

Committee

Ronald C. Sims

Committee

Charles D. Miller

Committee

Jon Y. Takemoto

Committee

David K. Stevens

Committee

Phillip E. Heck

Abstract

Anaerobic processes are being explored for the production of bioenergy in the form of biomethane and biohydrogen in a "waste-to-value" approach that considers wastes as a resource. Laboratory scale Biomethane potential (BMP) tests and Up-Flow Anaerobic Sludge Blanket (UASB) reactors can be used to indicate the potential recovery of bioenergy from industry wastes. The goals of this research were to: (1) conduct a critical review of models for determining biomethane potential, (2) develop a theoretical relationship for stoichiometry for biomethane and biohydrogen from wastes, and (3) develop key design aspects for geometry and infrastructure, including gas-liquid-solid separation in laboratory UASB reactors. This research resulted in the development of a unified Process Flow Diagram, applicable for a variety of industry-relevant wastewaters. Also, in the process of achieving this goal the novel design of Gas-Liquid-Solid (GLS) separator for laboratory-scale UASB reactor was invented and manufactured utilizing the Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) as an application of Additive Manufacturing. This dissertation can be used as a reference guideline for future investigators who start studying anaerobic digestion of industrial and municipal wastewater samples.

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