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Enhanced Treatment Properties of Iron Oxide Amended Sands Coupled with Polyelectrolyte to Humic Acid

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To improve the removal efficiency of micropollutant humic acid at low temperature, microflocculation filtration experiments were conducted with homemade iron oxide amended sands (IOAS), cationic polyelectrolyte (CPE) and polyaluminium chloride (PACl). Fractal properties of flocs structures and IOAS surface and their effects on the removal efficiency of humic acid were investigated. Results showed that IOAS had a porous surface with fractal dimensions (D) (D = 1.744) and a strong adsorption capacity for humic acid. The flocs produced by PACl were small in size, loosely packed with a higher D, and therefore settled slowly. By contrast, the formed flocs by adding CPE with only 1~5% of PACl had strong and open structures with a high effective density, rapid settling velocity and a lower D. Compared with PACl flocs, the larger size CPE flocs and PACl+CPE flocs deposited and packed up on IOAS, creating smaller pores and resulting in a lower D and higher filtration capacity.
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Keywords: cationic polyelectrolyte; fractal dimension; fractal properties; iron oxide amended sand; low temperature micropolluted raw water; microflocculation depth-bed filtration behaviors

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 February 2018

This article was made available online on 14 March 2017 as a Fast Track article with title: "Enhanced treatment properties of iron oxide amended sands coupled with polyelectrolyte to Humic Acid".

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