UPGRADING OF MOROCCAN OLIVE MILL WASTEWATER USING ELECTROCOAGULATION: KINETIC STUDY AND PROCESS PERFORMANCE EVALUATION
Keywords: Olive mill wastewater, Electrocoagulation, COD, polyphenols, kinetic study, variable order kinetic
AbstractTreatment of olive mill wastewater (OMW) by electrocoagulation (EC) was investigated in a stirred tank reactor (STR), the effect of different influential parameters, namely, contact time, current density and pH was determined. Over 72 % of COD, 93 % of polyphenols and 95 % of color intensity were removed efficiently at pH of 5.2, current density of 58.33 mA/cm2 and a residence time of 45 min. A kinetic study of these three parameters was carried out and both COD and dark color removal obey the first-order law model. On the other hand, the polyphenols reduction, fits the pseudo second-order model with current- dependent parameters. A variable order kinetic (VOK) model derived from the Langmuir-Freundlish equation was proposed to determine the kinetics of pollutant removal reactions with EC. Results showed that the model equations strongly fit the experimental concentrations of the three pollutants.
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