Determination of a Solid Phase Mass Transfer Coefficient for Modeling an Adsorption Bed System Using Ammonium Molybdophosphate-Polyacrylonitrile (AMP-PAN) as a Sorbent for the Removal of 137Cs from Acidic Nuclear Waste Solutions
Source: Adsorption, Volume 8, Number 4, December 2002 , pp. 291-299(9)
Ammonium molybdophosphate (AMP) immobilized on a polyacrylonitrile (PAN) support is an engineered form of cesium selective sorbent material developed at the Czech Technical University in Prague. This material is being investigated as a sorbent for removing 137Cs from Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEEL) acidic sodium bearing waste (SBW) solution. As part of this study, a computer program to solve the partial differential equations (PDE's) for continuity and rate of exchange in a fixed bed system has been developed using numerical finite difference algorithms. These equations are solved iteratively in order to derive a mass transfer coefficient that agrees with the results of bench scale column experiments. This mass transfer coefficient is then applied in the PDE solutions to predict breakthrough behavior in a semi-scale column experiment. The model provided excellent agreement with the semi-scale data with a mass transfer coefficient of 0.0126 min-1.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: BBWI, Inc., Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory, Idaho Falls, ID 83415, USA. ttranter@INEL.gov 2: BBWI, Inc., Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory, Idaho Falls, ID 83415, USA
Publication date: December 2002