Physical Design

The high-rate design is best for primary digesters with fixed covers, water heaters, external heat exchangers, and gas recirculation or mechanical mixing means. Secondary digesters should have floating covers. Interconnecting primary and secondary gas piping is recommended. Accessories, such as gas scrubbers for hydrogen sulfide removal, waste-gas burners, gas meters, gas compressors, gas holders, condensate-sediment traps, and regulators, should also be provided.

The detention time for a primary digester (high-rate) is usually 15 days or less. The maximum detention time for a secondary digester is 30 days.

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