Treatment of Carbide Sludge from an Acetylene Production Plant by Flocculation

Agamuthu, Pariatamby and Ibrahim, Shaliza (2001) Treatment of Carbide Sludge from an Acetylene Production Plant by Flocculation. Journal of Industrial Technology, 10 (1). pp. 73-84.

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The treatment of carbide sludge by the flocculation is a relatively new technique, which is considered more environmentally and economically favourable compared to a pond system commonly practiced in local industries. Tests were carried out in a 15,000 litre vessel using 200 or 400 ppm solid or liquid flocculent, with the slurry/flocculant mixture fed either from the top or bottom. The targeted sludge concentration or "alkalinity" of 25% solid, which is the value desired for commercial purposes, was most optimally achieved with 200 ppm liquid flocculant, fed from the bottom. The sludge thus formed, with a pH of 12.9 is readily purchased by other countries for neutralizing acidic wastes. In addition to the sale of sludge, implementation of the flocculation system eliminates land-filling costs and reduces water usage through the possibility of water recyling.

Item Type: Article
Funders: University of Malaya. Vote PJP
Uncontrolled Keywords: Carbide sludge; Acetylene; Flocculation; Polymeric flocculant; Sludge alkalinity
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering > Department of Civil Engineering
Faculty of Science > Institute of Biological Sciences
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2017 03:30
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2019 06:31

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