In this paper, the relation between the hydrolysis rate of dissolved polymer substrates and sludge concentration was investigated in two ways, viz. by laboratory experiments and by computer simulations. In the simulations, the hydrolysis of dissolved polymer components was regarded as a general depolymerisation process in which the bonds of the parent molecule break randomly until only monomer and dimer components remain. The results illustrate that for the hydrolysis of dissolved polymer substrates the enzyme activity is the rate-limiting factor. Moreover, a general depolymerisation process can describe the enzymatic hydrolysis of these components.
|Journal||Water Science and Technology|
|Publication status||Published - 2002|