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STUDY OF EQUILIBRIUM ADSORPTION OF ORTHOPHOSPHATE ON ALUMINA ADSORBENTS

Fatehi, A.I. STUDY OF EQUILIBRIUM ADSORPTION OF ORTHOPHOSPHATE ON ALUMINA ADSORBENTS. The 6th Saudi Engineering Conference, KFUPM, Dhahran, December 2002.

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Abstract

This work is a part of a comprehensive study on economic re-utilization of a phosphate contaminated industrial water stream in a typical petrochemical plant in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The experimental study is primarily the adsorption of orthophosphate at equilibrium conditions on 28x48 mesh Alcan Alumina AA 400G. A fixed amount of orthophosphate solution containing 10 mg/L of phosphorus is added to varying amounts of alumina adsorbent. The mixture is allowed to equilibrate over a period of time in excess of 24 hours. The phosphorous content is obtained by forming a molybdate complex and analyzed on the visible range of UV Spectrophotometer at 700 µm. The equilibrium isotherm data are obtained at pH of 4.5 and 6. A peak adsorption capacity of 12 -14 mg elemental phosphorus per gram adsorbent is observed. The data is fitted to both Freudlich and Sigmoidal Isotherm. Effect of activation and pH are presented.



Item Type:Article
Subjects:Chemical Engineering
Divisions:College Of Engineering Sciences > Chemical Engineering Dept
Creators:Fatehi, A.I.
Email:aifatehi@kfupm.edu.sa
ID Code:1588
Deposited By:INVALID USER
Deposited On:31 May 2008 10:50
Last Modified:12 Apr 2011 13:11

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