Residence time distribution studies and modelling of phenol adsorption onto Lantana camara in packed bed

C. R. Girish, V. Ramachandra Murty

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Adsorption is considered as the effective method for removing phenol from wastewater. The phenol adsorption can be carried out in batch and continuous mode. The residence time distribution (RTD) studies are necessary to study mixing, flow behavior inside the column and ideality of the system. Therefore, in the current work, RTD studies were carried out in a column packed with the adsorbent viz Lantana camra (forest waste), which causes threat to the ecosystem. The experiments were conducted for different flow rates of phenol by using sodium chloride as tracer. The performance equation of the column was obtained by making mass balance of solute in a bed volume element. The dispersion coefficient calculated from the RTD was used for calculating mass transfer coefficient. The calculated mass transfer coefficient was used for developing the correlation in terms of dimensionless groups Reynolds number and Sherwood number.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1728-1738
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Civil Engineering and Technology
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 01-10-2017


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Metals and Alloys

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