Rheological behavior of wastewater sludge following cationic polyelectrolyte flocculation

Bing Hung Chen, Sue Jean Lee, D. J. Lee, L. Spinosa

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The rheological characteristics of the wastewater sludge were investigated by using a Haake Rheostress RS 75 rheometer. The shear creep compliance experiments and the dynamic viscosity measurements were conducted. The shear creep compliance experiments indicate the addition of polymer coagulants to the sludge samples will form more rigid structures. The elastic solid-like behaviors were always observed in the samples with polymers. The Voigt model was successfully employed in modeling the viscoelastic retardation behavior of sludge samples in the shear creep compliance tests. Moreover, the dynamic viscosity curves of the sludge samples with/without polymer could be described by the power law model of Ostwald and de Waele at the medium shear rates, ca. 100-300 s-1. Consequently, addition of polymer to the sludge tends to extend the applicable ranges of the shear rates for the power law model as well as to decrease the power law index.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1289-1295
Number of pages7
JournalDrying Technology
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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