Date of Award

Spring 1999

Document Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering

First Advisor

Zitomer, Daniel H.

Second Advisor

Zanoni, Alphonse E.

Third Advisor

Novotny, Vladimir


Many industries produce waste streams that must be treated prior to discharge into the environment. Biological industrial waste treatment technology has evolved significantly in response to government regulation of pollution. Industries are constantly seeking effective and economic alternatives for disposing of wastes. Recent research has determined that anaerobic biological treatment is successful in treating high-strength industrial wastes. Additionally, other research has determined that anaerobic biological consortia can survive and persist in an environment with low amounts of oxygen (microaerobic). Therefore, current research is being conducted to optimize these findings in designing reactor configurations and introducing industrial waste streams to anaerobic cultures. This research performed herein evaluated the anaerobic treatment of two types of industrial waste streams. The potential for degradation of a mixture of benzene and tetrachloroethylene by a microaerobic culture was investigated. Additionally, bench-scale anaerobic reactors were evaluated for co-digestion of aircraft deicing fluid and municipal sludge solids. Laboratory tests were utilized to assess the treatment technologies.



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