Armfield continue to innovate engineering education teaching equipment with the release of two new Anaerobic Reactors BE3 and BE4. As part of the biochemical engineering range, these two new systems are suitable for both education and research purposes focussing on the biochemical treatment of waste products from industrial, agricultural and domestic sources. The BE3 is an Anaerobic Column Reactor, which can be configured as a Fluidised Bed or Expanded Sludge Bed Reactor. The BE4 is an Anaerobic Tank Reactor, which can be configured as a Continuous Stirred Tank Reactor, Packed Bed Reactor or Upflow Anaerobic Sludge Blanket Reactor.
Both reactors are made of glass, enabling the process to be clearly seen at all times and the feed to the reactor is controlled by a variable speed peristaltic pump. Each system has sampling stations to enable samples to be taken whilst in operation and pH dosing is controlled with two dosing pumps. These new systems have applications in both Biochemical Engineering and Waste Water Treatment. These are much more than teaching tools and can also be used for research both in universities and in industry. Their construction materials enable a wide range of products to be trialled.