Arsenite and arsenate removals from groundwater by electrocoagulation using iron ball anodes: Influence of operating parameters

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Sik E., Demirbas E., Goren A. Y., Oncel M. S., Kobya M.

JOURNAL OF WATER PROCESS ENGINEERING, vol.18, pp.83-91, 2017 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 18
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.jwpe.2017.06.004
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.83-91
  • Keywords: Arsenite and arsenate removals, Electrocoagulation, Iron ball electrode, Groundwater, Operating cost, DRINKING-WATER, BORATE DEPOSITS, WESTERN TURKEY, WASTE-WATER, KUTAHYA, REACTOR, CONTAMINATION, ELECTRODES, MECHANISM, GOETHITE
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Removals of arsenite (As(III)) and arsenate (As(V)) from groundwater by a cylindrical packed-bed electrocoagulation (EC) reactor using Fe ball anodes were investigated in this study. Effects of some operating parameters such as initial pH (pH(i) of 6.5-8.5), applied current (i of 0.075-0.30 A), initial concentration (C-o of 30-200 mu g/L), diameter of iron ball (d(p) of 5.0-10.0 mm), height of anode balls in the reactor (h of 2-8 cm) and airflow rate (Q(air) of 0.0-6.0 L/min) on the removal efficiency of arsenic were evaluated. The removal efficiency of arsenic decreased with increase in concentrations of arsenic from 30 to 200 mu g/L while its removal efficiency increased with increase in operating time, applied current, height of anode in the reactor, and airflow rate. The optimum operating conditions for effective As(III) and As(V) removals to meet the permissible level of arsenic effluent concentration of < 10 mu g/L were determined as 0.3 A, 14 min of EC time for As(III) and 12 min for As (V), a pH(i) of 7.5, C-o of 200 mu g/L, d(p) of 7.5 mm, h of 7.5 cm and Q(air) of 6 L/min, respectively. Arsenic removal efficiency, energy and electrode consumptions, operating cost, charge loading and arsenic removed capacity per amount of electrochemically generated Fe at the optimum conditions were also calculated as 96.0%, 1.442 kWh/-m(3), 0.0752 kg/m(3), 0.612 $/m(3), 252 C and 2.55 mu g/mg Fe (0.762 mu g/C) for As(III) removal and 95.8%, 1.386 kWh/m(3), 0.0628 kg/m(3), 0.546 $/m(3), 216 C and 3.05 mu g/mg Fe (0.887 mu g/C) for As(V) removal, respectively.