This study focuses on evaluating the degradation of n-hexane/methanol mixture in trickle-bed-air-biofilters (TBABs). Two different concentration ratios of methanol:n-hexane were evaluated (3:1) for TBAB "A" and (5:1) for TBAB "B". Both TBABs were run and fed with nutrients buffered at pH 4 for encouraging the growth of fungi. The TBABs were loaded with pelletized diatomaceous earth support media and were run at an empty bed residence time of 120s. n-Hexane loading rates (LRs) ranged from 0.9 to 13.2g/m3h for both TBABs. The corresponding methanol LRs varied from 2.3 to 37.7g/m3h and from 4.6 to 64.5g/m3h for TBABs "A" and "B", respectively. Experimental results have shown that the degradation of n-hexane in presence of methanol is enhanced for n-hexane LRs less than 10.6g/m3h as compared to previous study for sole-fed n-hexane, but for n-hexane LRs of 13.2g/m3h, the performance of TBABs in eliminating n-hexane depended on the methanol to n-hexane ratios. The impact was less severe for TBAB "A" (RE 85%) as compared to TBAB "B" (RE 72%). This is attributed to the high LRs of methanol in TBAB "B". n-Hexane performance stability was another advantage attained.
- Trickle-bed-air-biofilters (TBABs)
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Environmental Engineering
- Biomedical Engineering