Operational Condition and Temperature Study for Ethylbenzene Treating Biofilter

  • Son, Hun-Keun (Department of Environment and Health, Kosin University) ;
  • Bradley A. Striebig (Department of Civil Engineering, Gonzaga University)
  • Published : 2003.12.01


Biofiltration can effectively remove both organic and inorganic air pollution compounds from both industrial and public sources. However, for the optimal biofiltration performance, it is necessary to gain a better understanding of the inner environment and destruction mechanisms within a biofilter. The effects of operational factors on removal efficiency was studied. Generally, removal efficiency decreases as the loading rate increases. Temperature, as one of the key factors that affect biofiltration design and performance, was also investigated. Conceptually, the biofilter reactor of this paper was divided into five different consecutive stages. The more ethylbenzene COD degraded at each stage, the higher the temperature increases observed compared to the temperatures of the previous stages. It was observed that for every 1 kg of ethylbenzene COD degraded per cubic meter of biofilter media, there was generally a 0.41$^{\circ}C$ increase in the temperature of that stage.


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