Operating Experience In Years

More than 10 (a,b,e); less than 10 (c); and in development (d). OXYGEN TRANSFER EFFICIENCY

In units of theoretical lb of oxygen per hp-hr of power invested: 0.3 to 3 (a), 2 to 6 (c), 3 to 5 (b), 15 to 17 (d). In units of lb of BOD removed per hp-hr of power invested: 2 to 8 (e), 15 (d).

In 1971, Air Reduction (now part of the British Oxygen Company) introduced a pipeline reactor as an efficient means of contacting wastewater with activated sludge and oxygen (Hover, Huibers, and Serkanic 1971). Turbulent flow causes effective mixing of wastewater and sludge with oxygen, especially in the froth flow regime (Baker 1958).

Praxair's affiliate Societa Italiana Acetilene and Derivati developed the MIXFLO system (see Figure 7.35.4). This 2- to 4-atm, side stream pipeline pumping system dissolves up to 90% of the injected oxygen (Storms 1993); 60% in the pipeline and 30% in the bulk liquid after exiting the dispersion ejector. This system exchanges ease of operation for a high-power input (38 hp at an oxygen-use rate of 100 lb/hr). The system is used in over 150 activated-sludge plants.

Liquid Air Corporation (L'Air Liquide) supplies the VENTOXAL system and the AIROXAL process for dis solving oxygen (Matson and Weinzaepfel 1992) that does not use a pipeline (see Figure 7.35.5). The submersible pump discharges directly via a venturi mixer or primary ejector, where the oxygen is introduced into a distributor sleeve. This configuration halves power input, to 20 hp.

The new Praxair In-Situ Oxygenator system, as shown in Figure 7.35.6, is more complex but uses even less power. The downward pumping impeller in the draft tube uses only 6 hp for adding 100 lb/hr of oxygen. It has a flotation ring and a wide hood to capture off gas. Oxygen use rates are above 90%. With its effective solids mixing capability, it can also be used in ponds.

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