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A multi-parameter analysis of volatile organic compound emissions from sewers

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A wide range of parameters affect the extent of volatile organic compound (VOC) stripping from municipal and industrial sewers. These parameters can generally be classified as VOC physicochemical properties, wastewater fluid properties, wastewater flow conditions, and sewer gas flow conditions. However, because of the continuous spectrum of possible parameter combinations, previous studies related to VOC emissions from sewers have been based on highly simplifying assumptions that represent only a small subset of parameter values. A computational model was used to simulate greater than 2.5 million parameter combinations. A frequency array approach was used to facilitate a semiquantitative assessment of parameter combinations that lead to high VOC stripping efficiencies. Results were interpreted in terms of their practical significance with respect to industrial discharge control and VOC emissions reduction.


Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2175/106143095X131727

Publication date: July 1, 1995

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  • Water Environment Research® (WER®) publishes peer-reviewed research papers, research notes, state-of-the-art and critical reviews on original, fundamental and applied research in all scientific and technical areas related to water quality, pollution control, and management. An annual Literature Review provides a review of published books and articles on water quality topics from the previous year.

    Published as: Sewage Works Journal, 1928 - 1949; Sewage and Industrial Wastes, 1950 - 1959; Journal Water Pollution Control Federation, 1959 - Oct 1989; Research Journal Water Pollution Control Federation, Nov 1989 - 1991; Water Environment Research, 1992 - present.
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