ALDRUM G3 | Alfa Laval


The Alfa Laval ALDRUM G3 rotary drum thickener sets a new standard for sludge thickening. Its enhanced design improves process performance while minimizing operating costs.

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Performance made simple

  • Greater capacity with a compact footprint
  • Low polymer consumption, ensuring low operating costs
  • Outdoor installation possible, if required
  • Enclosed design for a clean, low-odor working environment
  • Simple maintenance with cleaning-in-place system that uses potable water, final effluent or treated filtrate

The Alfa Laval ALDRUM G3 is ideal for medium to large capacity municipal or industrial sludge thickening to optimize processes with higher biogas production or more cost-efficient dewatering. Difficult sludges that traditionally require liquid polymer to flocculate and thicken can be treated using a powder polymer – reducing your operating costs. The conveyor design boosts efficiency, and the cover switch and slam-proof cover enhance safety. ALDRUM G3 handles capacities from 60-800 GPM.

How it works


The ALDRUM drum thickener works on the principle of conveying polyelectrolyte treated sludge (a.k.a. flocculated sludge) through a slowly rotating drum filter. The sludge remains in the drum, while the water phase passes through the filter cloth.

The ALDRUM can be adjusted to suit individual sludge thickening needs. It is possible to achieve the most efficient thickening by varying the feed rate, the polymer type and dosage, the drum speed, and the spraying interval. The most cost-effective flocculation and polymer dosage is achieved by installing a flocculation reactor and/or mixing valve upstream of the actual drum thickener.

The ALDRUM can be used in industrial (such as pulp and paper) or municipal wastewater sludge thickening applications prior to digestion or dewatering, and for reducing sludge volume prior to storage or transportation.

Meeting your exact requirements

A selection of auxiliary equipment is available for the complete ALDRUM range:

  • Mixing valve: Ensures thorough mixing of polymer and sludge. Can be installed directly on to the drum thickener inlet or before the flocculation reactor
  • Flocculation reactor: Simple open reactor that kick-starts the creation of large and strong flocks. Can be installed directly onto the drum thickener inlet
  • Sludge hopper: Leads the thickened sludge to the sludge pump in a controlled and efficient manner
  • Control panel: All-in-one control solution. Control of the plant’s feed pump, sludge pump and polymer pump, as well as the drum thickener, the level in the flocculation reactor and the sludge hopper

Case story

Recycled paper producer uses Alfa Laval's ALDRUM to cut sludge dewatering costs

Dalum Papir A/S is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of 100% recycled, high-quality paper for the graphics industry.

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Lab and pilot testing for municipal and industrial water and wastewater

Alfa Laval has a full testing lab to determine the best solution for achieving the sludge thickening and dewatering results you need. Pilot testing also available.

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