Thermochemical Conversion of Sewage Sludge by TGA-FTIR Analysis: Influence of Mineral Matter Added

Abstract : Thermal treatments, such as combustion, gasification, and pyrolysis, have been proven to be a convenient alternative to conventional sludge disposal technologies. Today, process development implies scaling up and so improving the reactor's design. In continuously operated reactors, fresh sewage sludge is in contact with solid residues (reacted material rich in mineral matter and char). Mineral matter has been reported to catalyze the thermo-chemical reactions involved but few works focus on this aspect. In this work, sewage sludge residues were added to fresh sewage sludge. Non-isothermal thermo-gravimetric analysis (TGA) coupled with infrared spectrometry (FTIR) showed that added residues reduce the characteristic reaction temperatures during char combustion and gasification (air, air-N2, and CO2 atmospheres). However, any considerable influence of residues was observed during pyrolysis experiments (N2 atmosphere). The analysis of gas produced during those experiments revealed further details about the solid decomposition, showing considerable differences between different atmospheres.
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A.-B. Hernandez, J.-H. Ferrasse, S. Akkache, Nicolas Roche. Thermochemical Conversion of Sewage Sludge by TGA-FTIR Analysis: Influence of Mineral Matter Added. Drying Technology, Taylor & Francis, 2015, 33 (11), pp.1318-1326. ⟨10.1080/07373937.2015.1036283⟩. ⟨hal-01297640⟩

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