Removal kinetics of phosphorus from synthetic wastewater using basic oxygen furnace slag

Chong Han , Zhen Wang , He Yang , Xiangxin Xue


Received May 01, 2014,Revised November 04, 2014, Accepted , Available online April 23, 2015

Volume 27,2015,Pages 21-29

Removal kinetics of phosphorus through use of basic oxygen furnace slag (BOF-slag) was investigated through batch experiments. Effects of several parameters such as initial phosphorus concentration, temperature, BOF-slag size, initial pH, and BOF-slag dosage on phosphorus removal kinetics were measured in detail. It was demonstrated that the removal process of phosphorus through BOF-slag followed pseudo-first-order reaction kinetics. The apparent rate constant (kobs) significantly decreased with increasing initial phosphorus concentration, BOF-slag size, and initial pH, whereas it exhibited an opposite trend with increasing reaction temperature and BOF-slag dosage. A linear dependence of kobs on total removed phosphorus (TRP) was established with kobs = (3.51 ± 0.11) × 10-4 × TRP. Finally, it was suggested that the Langmuir-Rideal (L-R) or Langmuir-Hinshelwood (L-H) mechanism may be used to describe the removal process of phosphorus using BOF-slag.

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