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Reducing the risk of spontaneous combustion of stockpiles of biosolids

Project Number # 4503-13

Mechanisms of spontaneous combustion in biosolids stockpiles - risk reduction and process optimisation

Project Leader:  Rachael Aganetti

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Recent tests and risk assessments conducted at Melbourne Water’s Western Treatment Plant have identified a number of possible competing self-heating mechanisms within the biosolid stockpiles. Laboratory testing and onsite trials are now required to determine the mechanisms of self-heating to inform new operating procedures that will improve safety and reduce risk while optimising the process cost effectively.

Supervisors: Prof Graham Thorpe and Prof Jun-De Li [Victoria University] and Dr Aymeric Lamorlette [l’Université Aix-Marseille]

Sponsor:       Melbourne Water

Mentor:         Dr Stacey Hamilton [Water Corporation of WA]

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