Performance and simulation of chemically enhanced solubilization and removal of residual chlorinated solvents from porous media
AuthorBoving, Thomas Bernhard.
Water -- Purification -- Evaluation.
Trichloroethylene -- Purification.
Organic compounds -- Solubility.
Committee ChairBrusseau, Mark L.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThe work summarizes the results of a studies conducted with six different flushing agents, i.e. two anionic surfactants (SDS and DOWFAX 8390), two complexing agents (cyclodextrins), a humid acid, and an alcohol (ethanol), for solubilizing and removing residual-phase immiscible liquid from porous media. Batch experiments were conducted to measure the degree of trichloroethene (TCE) and tetrachloroethene (PCE) solubilization induced by these agents. These studies revealed that the solubility of TCE and PCE was enhanced significantly. Column experiments were conducted to compare water and agent-enhanced flushing of Borden sand containing residual saturations of TCE and PCE. The results of these studies indicate that the total flushing volume necessary to remove the contaminant was reduced substantially in the presence of all applied agents. The relative effectiveness of the agents varied based on the method of evaluation. It was shown that a volatile contaminant, e.g. toluene, TCE, and PCE, can be separated from cyclodextrin solution by mean of air-sparging. The cyclodextrin solution was successfully reused for continuos flushing of a contaminated porous material. The simulation of selected experiments revealed that the mass transfer rate coefficients are generally increasing if evaluated based on the aqueous driving force approach. However, a relation based on the enhanced driving force approach was found to be less significant. Even though areas of additional research have been identified, this research contributes to a better understanding of the processes governing chemically enhance flushing of contaminated porous media.
Degree NamePh. D.
Degree ProgramHydrology and Water Resources