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Evaluation of ElectrochemicalTreatment in Degradation of Wastewater Contaminated by Propylene Glycol

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Author(s): N Jaafarzadeh Haghighi fard | A.R Talaiekhozani | M.R Talaiekhozani | S Jorfi

Journal: Iranian Journal of Health and Environment
ISSN 2008-2029

Volume: 2;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 232;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: Electrochemical treatment | Industrial wastewater | Propylene glycol

ABSTRACT
"n "nBackgrounds and Objectives:Propylene glycol is applied in many industries as raw material and can be released to the environment through wastewater of such industries. The biological treatment of solutions containing high concentration of propylene glycol is difficult and some problems can be observed during this process. The main objective of this study was the investigation of electrochemical degradation of propylene glycol and the parameters influencing on improving removal efficiency."nMaterials and Methods: In this study the degradation of propylene glycol was made by passing an electrical current though the synthetic wastewater containing propylene glycol. In order to investigate this process several types of electrode with applied voltage ranging between 5 to 50 V was used. Due to the effect of NaCl concentration on removal efficiency which was mentioned in the literature, the experiment was performed for different NaCl concentrations."nResults: In optimum condition, the maximum removal efficiency of propylene glycol (based onCOD) was obtained equal to 90%. The results showed that rising applied voltage, NaCl concentrationand retention time increase the removal efficiency. The optimum retention time was obtained equalto 50 min. The maximum removal was obtained when aluminum electrode was used. It can beattributed to the production of coagulant material such as Al+3 during this process."nConclusion: The results revealed that this process can be useful for treating the industrial wastewatercontaining propylene glycol.
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