Phosphorus recovery from incinerated sewage sludge ash (ISSA) and reutilization of residues for sludge pretreated by different conditioners

Sha Liang, Liang Yang, Haoming Chen, Wenbo Yu*, Shuangyi Tao, Shushan Yuan, Keke Xiao, Jingping Hu, Huijie Hou, Bingchuan Liu, Jiakuan Yang

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Phosphorus (P) recovery from incinerated sewage sludge ash (ISSA) has attracted increasing attentions in recent years. In this study, the P recovery was comparatively investigated on two types of ISSA for sewage sludge pretreated by Fenton's reagent, and a composite conditioner of Fenton's reagent and lime (referred to as ISSA-F and ISSA-FL, respectively). ISSA derived from raw sludge (referred to as ISSA-RS) was studied as the control group. The P species results showed that the proportions of AP (Ca-bound P) and NAIP (Al/Fe-bound P) in the ISSA samples were significantly affected by the added Fe and Ca elements in the sludge conditioner. The order of leaching efficiency of P in different ISSA samples was ISSA-F (100%) > ISSA-RS (94.4%) > ISSA-FL (83.1%), which was significantly related to the Ca content in those ISSA samples. Higher Ca content in the ISSA-RS and ISS-FL samples induced calcium oxalate precipitation during leaching process, which hindered the release of P from ISSA. P recovery product mainly composed of aluminum hydroxyphosphate was prepared from the purified solutions leached from different ISSA samples. Moreover, acid-leaching residues of different ISSA samples after P recovery were proposed to be reutilized as cement mortar additives by replacing 15 wt% of cement. The mechanical strength of the test cement mortar specimens with acid-leaching residues was comparable to that of the control cement mortar specimen without residue.

Original languageEnglish
Article number105524
JournalResources, Conservation and Recycling
StatePublished - Jun 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Aluminum hydroxyphosphate
  • Fenton's reagent and lime
  • Incinerated sewage sludge ash
  • Phosphorus recovery
  • Residue reutilization


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