Isabel Capela

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Recent environmental concerns have prompted a re-evaluation of conventional management strategies and refueled the search of innovative waste management practices. In this sense, the anaerobic digestion of both fat and the remaining complex organic matter present in dairy wastewaters is attractive, although the continuous operation of high rate anaerobic(More)
This work accesses the influence of cycle duration on the intermittent operation of mesophilic UASB reactors inoculated with flocculent sludge and used in dairy wastewater (DWW) treatment. Five cycle lengths ranging from 24 to 144 h were compared for loads between 2.5 and 29.0 gCOD/l/d. COD balances are presented which demonstrate the importance of a(More)
This work compares continuous vs intermittent UASB reactors inoculated with flocculent sludge for the treatment of dairy effluents. The effects of effluent recirculation on the performance of intermittent reactors were assessed as well as the differences in specific methanogenic activity (SMA) with different substrates for the biomass from continuous and(More)
This work assesses the possibility of using flocculent sludge in UASB reactors applied to the treatment of dairy wastewater and studies the effect of hydraulic retention time (6, 8, 12 and 16 h) on the performance of the reactors. The results show that the performance of flocculent sludge is similar to what has been reported in literature for granular(More)
Three lab-scale UASB reactors operated at 35 degrees C in an intermittent mode were subject to different step shocks: hydraulic, organic and feed fat content. The results show that the reactors have good resistance to the applied shocks and suggest that a feedless period is beneficial to the performance of the reactors, due to stabilisation of accumulated(More)
This study aims to quantify the contribution of the harvested wood products (HWP) to the carbon removals/emissions by the agriculture, forestry and land-use sector (hereafter referred to as HWP contribution) using the tier 1 method proposed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in the 2006 Guidelines (hereafter referred to as GL tier 1(More)
Failures in stability and COD removal performance often occurred in full-scale anaerobic reactors treating the evaporator condensate from a sulphite pulp mill due to substrate inhibition and occasional contaminations with red liquor (wood cooking liquor). With this work, the beneficial effect provided by the continuous addition of an external carbon source(More)
Winery wastewaters are characterised by seasonality and variable volume and organic load. This fact together with their high content of biodegradable compounds often results in problems in the operation of biological systems as they may lead to poor sludge settleability, floc disintegration and increased presence of solids in the treated effluent.(More)
The watermelon stomach is a vascular malformation at the gastric antrum which is responsible for chronic bleeding. We report here nine patients (5 females and 4 males) referred to our Department from December 1990 to May 1995 with ferropenic anemia resulting from chronic gastrointestinal bleeding and with the diagnosis of watermelon stomach. The mean age at(More)