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A review of electrocoagulation technology for the treatment of textile wastewater

Naje, A. S. and Chelliapan, S. and Zakaria, Z. and Ajeel, M. A. and Alaba, P. A. (2017) A review of electrocoagulation technology for the treatment of textile wastewater. Reviews in Chemical Engineering, 33 (3). pp. 263-292. ISSN 0167-8299

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/revce-2016-0019


The conventional coagulation technique of textile wastewater treatments is plagued with the issue of low removal rate of pollutants and generation of a large quantity of sludge. Recently, electrocoagulation (EC) technique gained immense attention due to its efficiency. The technique involves dissolution of the sacrificial anodes to provide an active metal hydroxide as a strong coagulant that destabilizes and amasses particles and then removes them by precipitation or adsorption. EC process is influenced by operating parameters such as applied current density, electrodes material and configuration, type of electrical connection, pH and conductivity of the solution, and mixing state. Consequently, this work reviewed the major and minor reactions of EC process with operational parameters, design of EC cell, mass transfer studies and modeling, and industrial wastewater applications. The work also includes comparison of EC technique with conventional coagulation and combinations with other techniques. Special emphasis is on removal of pollutants from textile wastewater. Further, the electrical energy supplies and cost analysis are also discussed. Even though several publications have covered EC process recently, no review work has treated the systematic process design and how to minimize the effect of passivation layer deposited on the surface of the electrodes. EC process with rotating electrodes has been recommended to reduce this phenomenon. The effect of electrodes geometry is considered to enhance the conductivity of the cell and reduce energy consumption. The studies of ionic mass transfer were not implemented before special by limiting current method during the EC process. Moreover, no aforementioned studies used computational fluid dynamics modeling to present the mass transfer inside the EC reactor.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:operating parameters, pollutant removal, textile wastewater
Subjects:T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions:Razak School of Engineering and Advanced Technology
ID Code:80762
Deposited By: Narimah Nawil
Deposited On:27 Jun 2019 06:23
Last Modified:27 Jun 2019 06:23

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