Accession Number : ADP007759

Title :   Application of Microwave Heating Techniques to the Detoxification of contaminated Soils,

Corporate Author : MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIV MISSISSIPPI STATE

Personal Author(s) : George, Clifford E. ; Jun, Inchul ; Fan, Jiayi

Report Date : 27 APR 1992

Pagination or Media Count : 8

Abstract : Soils contaminated with toluene and p-xylene are readily decontaminated at low temperature without combustion when heated with microwave energy under vacuum conditions. Findings indicated that the solvent removal rate was increased several times if the soil samples contain moisture in the form of 3.00 wt.% water. The combination of moisture and vacuum yielded the best results. This observation can be attributed to the enhancement of microwave absorption by the water molecule and by partial pressure effects of the water vapor which is generated upon heating.

Descriptors :   *MICROWAVES, *SOILS, *DECONTAMINATION, *WASTE TREATMENT, *ORGANIC SOLVENTS, *POLLUTION ABATEMENT, ABSORPTION, AUGMENTATION, COMBUSTION, ENERGY, HEATING, LOW TEMPERATURE, MOISTURE, MOLECULES, OBSERVATION, PARTIAL PRESSURE, PRESSURE, RATES, REMOVAL, SOLVENTS, TEMPERATURE, TOLUENES, VACUUM, VAPORS, WATER, WATER VAPOR, XYLENES, SYMPOSIA, CONTAMINATION, RADIATION ABSORPTION, GROUND WATER, WATER POLLUTION.

Subject Categories : Solid Wastes Pollution and Control
      Water Pollution and Control
      Radiofrequency Wave Propagation

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE