KWRRI Research Reports


The examination of the extraction/oxidation of organic solutes in a two phase oxidation process was undertaken to discern the important parameters and the process mechanism of this system. Several parameter were adjusted to measure their effect on the disappearance rate of each organic from the water phase. The water to PFD volume ratio proved to be the most sensitive parameter affecting the disappearance rate, although temperature was also significant. Comparison with one phase oxidation systems demonstrated that the water/PFD system improved on the reduction of organics from the water phase. B-napthol oxidation increased over 50% in a 2/6 water/PFD volume ratio compared with the water phase oxidation. Phenol, which had the smallest distribution coefficient of the three organics tested, showed a significant reduction rate in the two phase system which was greater than a water phase oxidation system operating at higher pressures. Napthalene and H-coal wastewater also showed more oxidation in the two phase system than in a single water phase system. These results show that two-phase oxidation is a viable process and testing of the total membrane-oxidation system is in order. The feasibility of membrane concentration step is also demonstrated with model organics and actual wastewaters.

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Project number: A-093-KY

Agreement number: G-844-05 (FY 1983)

Period of project: July 1983-August 1984

Funding Information

Supported in part by the U.S. Department of the Interior as authorized by the Water Research and Development Act of 1978, P.L. 95-467