Closed Cycle Drying Process to Retrain Industrial Sludge into Construction Products

Antonino D'Urso, Vito Cutraro, Carla Catania, Filippo Rapisarda, Giovanni Garaffo, Michele Calì


The article describes a new bio-inspired method for the Advanced Treatment of Industrial Sludge with a Closed Cycle Drying Process. This process represents an innovative way of treating sludge and other shovelable residues deriving from sludge treatment with centrifuges and other industrial processes taking place in large installations, such as refineries, steel mills, chemical plants, glass processing installations, cosmetics manufacturing facilities, pharmaceutical plants. The process is under development within the research project TAFIPACC funded by Horizon 2020. In particular, the process allows retraining Industrial Sludge into construction materials using the new Closed Cycle Drying Process. The study deals with sludge produced by an industrial treatment plant/industrial discharges and civil waste water in the industrial area of Priolo Gargallo (SR) Esso-Erg-Enichem petrochemical plants and by the municipalities of Priolo Gargallo, and Melilli. The plants produce about 30 cubic meters of sludge per day, disposed of 50% in underground dumps and for the other 50% in hazardous and non hazardous waste recovery plants. The difficulty in the treatment is mainly due to the nature of these muds, as pasty and difficult to mix with additives (cement, limestone, H2O, granulometric mix). The presence of bad odours derives from light and heavy hydrocarbons, aromatics, and organic solvents (benzene, toluene, styrene, xylene, etc), causing some problems to operators and inhabitants living in the areas surrounding the plants.


sludge treatment; recycling; cleaning; bio-inspired; de-pollution.

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