Date of Award

Fall 1980

Document Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering

First Advisor

Zanoni, A. E.

Second Advisor

Crandall, Clifford J.


An overall energy consciousness is sweeping this country as sources of conventional energy supplies are dwindling or in political turmoil. The sanitary engineer has long known that dewatered residues from wastewater treatment plants may be used as a fuel supply. This thesis presents the results of a study in which the relationship between two sludge parameters were examined: the BTU, or calorific content, versus the sludge COD, or chemical oxygen demand. The correlation between these results is expected to provide a convenient means of estimating, or approximating, the calorific value of a sludge sample knowing the COD value of the same sample.



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