Highly viscous substances, such as feces, produce significant heat when layer deformation occurs. We describe the use of viscous heating sufficient to destroy disease-causing microorganisms and whipworms in feces. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) was used to evaluate preliminary design and provide initial geometric specifications for a laboratory-scale unit. The laboratory device has a rotating core separated from a fixed shell wall by a defined space. Data were obtained over a range of operating conditions with simulant materials. The CFD model was validated with the experimental results. The temperature observed with the smallest spacing was 190 °C. Alternative geometries are considered for high-volume sludge processing. Potential design modifications include enhancing efficient water evaporation and recovery.

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