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Research Article

Application of Alumina to Oil and Grease Removal from Refinery Effluent

Thavrin Manickum* and Wilson John
Scientific Services Laboratories, Engineering & Scientific Services, Heald Office, Level 3, Umgeni Water, 310 Burger Street, Pietermaritzburg 3201, KwaZulu-Natal, South
Corresponding Author : Thavrin Manickum
Scientific Services Laboratories
Engineering & Scientific Services
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Received March 27, 2012; Accepted May 23, 2012; Published May 30, 2012
Citation: Manickum? T, John W (2012) Method Validation for the Trace Analysis of Geosmin and 2-Methylisoborneol in Water by “Salt-Free” Purge-and-Trap Sampling/GC-MS, Using the Eclipse 4660 Sample Concentrator. Hydrol Current Res 3:134. doi: 10.4172/2157-7587.1000119
Copyright: © 2012 Manickum? T, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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Alumina was synthesized by surface hydrolysis of thin aluminium plate and then applied as an adsorbent to treat the refinery effluent water to reduce the levels of COD(Chemical Oxygen Demand), BOD(Biological Oxygen Demand) and OG(Oil and Grease) content in the effluent to satisfy the prescribed limit. The prepared alumina was characterized based on BET surface area, X-ray diffraction analysis and scanning electron microscopy. The effects of the amount of adsorbent, temperature and the dilution of the effluent on the reduction of COD, BOD and OG levels were studied. COD, BOD and OG reduction were observed to be 87.83%, 86.6% and 83% at 20°C with an alumina dose of 15 gms per 100 ml effluent. In the equilibrium study, it has been noted that the adsorption capacities of alumina for COD and OG at equilibrium are linearly co-related. The adsorption is of first order and the initial rate constant obtained is 3×10-6 min-1 at 20°C.


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