A model for predicting contaminant removal by adsorption within the International Space Station water processor: 1. Multicomponent equilibrium modeling

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A thermodynamic model is developed to predict adsorption equilibrium in the International Space Station water processor's multifiltration beds. The model predicts multicomponent adsorption equilibrium behavior using single-component isotherm parameters and fictitious components representing the background matrix. The fictitious components are determined by fitting total organic carbon and tracer isotherms with the ideal adsorbed solution theory. Multicomponent isotherms using a wastewater with high surfactant and organic compound concentrations are used to validate the equilibrium description on a coconut-shell–based granular activated carbon (GAC), coal-based GAC, and a polymeric adsorbent.


Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2175/106143098X126856

Publication date: January 1, 1998

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