Evaluating the influences of mixing strategies on the Biochemical Methane Potential test

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Mixing plays an important role in the Biochemical Methane Potential (BMP) test, but only limited efforts have been put into it. In this study, various mixing strategies were applied to evaluate the influences on the BMP test, i.e., no mixing, shaking in water bath, shake manually once per day (SKM), automated unidirectional and bidirectional mixing. The results show that the effects of mixing are prominent for the most viscous substrate investigated, as both the highest methane production and highest maximal daily methane production were obtained at the highest mixing intensity. However, the organic removal efficiencies were not affected, which might offer evidence that mixing helps the release of gases trapped in digester liquid. Moreover, mixing is required for improved methane production when the digester content is viscous, conversely, mixing is unnecessary or SKM might be sufficient for the BMP test if the digester content is quite dilute or the substrate is easily degraded.


  • Bing Wang
  • Annika Björn
  • Sten Strömberg
  • Nges Ivo Achu
  • Mihaela Nistor
  • Jing Liu
Enheter & grupper
Externa organisationer
  • Linköping University
  • Bioprocess Control AB

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Miljöbioteknik


Sidor (från-till)54-59
Antal sidor6
TidskriftJournal of Environmental Management
StatusPublished - 2017 jan 1
Peer review utfördJa