Biodrying of pulp and paper secondary sludge: Kinetics of volatile solids biodegradation

Cesar Huiliñir*, Manuel Villegas

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This study focuses on the kinetics of volatile solids (VS) biodegradation of the biodrying process using pulp and paper secondary sludge. The experiments were carried out with air-flow rates of 0.51, 1.61, 3.25 and 5.26L/minkgVS) and initial moisture content of 64-66% w.b. Using five kinetic models and a nonlinear regression method, kinetic parameters were estimated and the models were analyzed with two statistical indicators. Higher air-flow rates cause greater moisture content reduction, lower temperature in the matrix, and lower VS reduction. At an air-flow rate as high as 5.26L/minkgVS there is no biodrying but only convective drying. The kinetic models used successfully simulate the VS biodegradation under biodrying conditions, with a root mean square error (RMSE) between 0.007929 and 0.02744. In conclusion, we show for the first time that VS biodegradation in the biodrying process can be successfully modeled with a kinetic model.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)206-213
Number of pages8
JournalBioresource Technology
StatePublished - Apr 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Biodegradation
  • Biodrying
  • Kinetics
  • Pulp and paper industry
  • Secondary sludge


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