Non-equilibrium zinc uptake onto compost particles from synthetic stormwater
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- Bioresource Technology, 2012, 123 pp. 242 - 248
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Zinc uptake onto different particle size compost was evaluated in batch and column studies using a synthetic stormwater to quantify sorption capacity and kinetics. The results showed that the pseudo equilibrium time for uptake increased from 2 h to greater than 120 h as the particle size of compost increased from 75 μm to 6.75 mm. This was due to intra-particle diffusion becoming a rate limiting process as the particle size increased. Column effluent data with 1.18 mm particles could be fitted by Freundlich isotherm while that from the 4.75 mm particles and a mixed particle size columns showed rate limited sorption with tailing and could not be adequately fitted using an equilibrium based isotherm. The results have established rate-limited sorption in amended filtration media due to larger particles under these flow conditions. This needs to be accounted for in the design of these filtration media and during performance modelling. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.
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