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Main Title Metal Removal and Cyanide Destruction in Plating Wastewaters Using Particle Bed Electrodes.
Author Chen, W. ; Recht, H. L. ; Hajela., G. P. ;
CORP Author Rockwell International, Canoga Park, Calif. Atomics International Div.;Industrial Environmental Research Lab., Cincinnati, Ohio.
Year Published 1976
Report Number EPA-R-803342-01;
Stock Number PB-266 138
Additional Subjects Water pollution control ; Electroplating ; Metal industry ; Pilot plants ; Cyanides ; Cadmium ; Zinc ; Metals ; Electrolytic cells ; Design criteria ; Laboratory equipment ; Cost analysis ; Industrial waste treatment ; Separation ; Electrolytes ; Electrodes ; Particle bed electrolysis
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
NTIS  PB-266 138 Most EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. Check with individual libraries about paper copy. 06/23/1988
Collation 62p
A small (0.5 gpm) pilot-plant unit for metal and cyanide removal was constructed and demonstrated by operation on cadmium and zinc rinsewaters at a plating plant. With single-stage operation 73% of an initial 22 ppm cadmium and 79% of an initial 44 ppm cyanide were removed. Retreatment of the effluent (equivalent to two-stage operation) gave overall removals of 95% of the cadmium and 94% of the cyanide. Similar two-stage treatment of zinc rinsewater gave overall removal of 75% of an initial 57 ppm zinc and 78% of an initial 195 ppm cyanide. The heart of the unit is an electrolytic cell with tin cathode and graphite anode particle bed electrodes and a cellophane separator. Sequential water flow through the electrodes gives concurrent removal of metal and cyanide under action of applied DC voltage. Design of the unit was based on design of and test results with a laboratory scale apparatus. Best removals were obtained with added NaCl as supporting electrolyte and anode bed effluent recirculation. Estimated total treatment costs, derived from a subsequent corporate-funded study, are $1.64/1000 sq ft plated, with cadmium plating rinsewater use at 3.5 gpm for 2500 sq ft/hr and 40 hr/week operation.