The purpose of this study is to deepen the knowledge of the various emission phenomena present in aerated tanks, widely used systems for municipal and industrial wastewater treatment. In order to investigate the emission mechanism, a specific model was developed. The theoretical model proposes to consider three different contributions to the emission of organic compounds from aerated wastewater tanks: the convection due to the sweep air flow rate, the rising bubbles stripping and the aerosol formation and successive evaporation. To compare the modeled results, an experimental campaign was conducted with two different solutes, acetone and butanol. The sampling was carried out with a Wind Tunnel system and the outflow gas samples were analysed with gas chromatographic technique. Moreover, this study investigates the dependence of the concentration in the gaseous phase from the speed of the air on the surface (1-5 cm/s) and from the flow of air diffused inside the liquid body (50-200 L/h). The empirical data were compared with theoretical curves. The results confirm two facts: the gas solute concentration decreases as the air velocity increases and, instead, increases with the air flow diffused through the tank.

A model for the evaluation of organic compounds emission from aerated liquid surfaces

Invernizzi M.;Busini V.;Sironi S.
2020

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to deepen the knowledge of the various emission phenomena present in aerated tanks, widely used systems for municipal and industrial wastewater treatment. In order to investigate the emission mechanism, a specific model was developed. The theoretical model proposes to consider three different contributions to the emission of organic compounds from aerated wastewater tanks: the convection due to the sweep air flow rate, the rising bubbles stripping and the aerosol formation and successive evaporation. To compare the modeled results, an experimental campaign was conducted with two different solutes, acetone and butanol. The sampling was carried out with a Wind Tunnel system and the outflow gas samples were analysed with gas chromatographic technique. Moreover, this study investigates the dependence of the concentration in the gaseous phase from the speed of the air on the surface (1-5 cm/s) and from the flow of air diffused inside the liquid body (50-200 L/h). The empirical data were compared with theoretical curves. The results confirm two facts: the gas solute concentration decreases as the air velocity increases and, instead, increases with the air flow diffused through the tank.
Aerated tanks; Aerosol; Area source; Odour emission; VOC; WWTP
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