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New techniques for understanding settler/clarifier behaviour

SP Usher, B Gladman, PJ Scales

American Filtration and Separations Society 2005 - 18th Annual Conference, AFS 2005 | Published : 2005


An algorithm has been developed to predict steady state thickener operation from fundamental material properties, properly accounting for compression of the suspension network structure within the sediment bed with a pseudo-2D consolidation model based on the theoretical framework developed by Buscall and White in 1987. Comparison of process performance with model predictions has been performed for a large number of industrial thickening operations. Comparisons suggest that there are extra contributions to the rate and extent of dewatering that the model does not predict. Many of these discrepancies, which manifest as enhanced extents and rates of dewatering, are attributable to shear and ch..

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