NOVEL CLEANUP OF METAL WORKING WASTEWATERS

Award Information
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 14177
Amount: $49,550.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1990
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
516 Sw Kaw, Bartlesville, OK, 74003
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dr Scott R Taylor
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Research Institution
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Abstract
CURRENT METAL CUTTING AND FINISHING OPERATIONS USE SKIMMING AND FILTRATION TO TRY TO SEPARATE WASTES FROM THEIR WATER BASED CUTTING FLUIDS. THE RESIDUAL LIQUID FROM THE FILTRATION CONSISTS OF ULTRAFINE METAL PARTICLES CONTAINING HAZARDOUS HEAVY METALS LIKE LEAD, ZINC, AND CADMIUM AND A TIGHTLY EMULSIFIED OIL-IN-WATER PHASE. THIS SLUDGE IS NOT AMENABLE TO FURTHER TREATMENT AND MUST BE HAULED OFF AS HAZARDOUS WASTE. ALSO, AT THIS LEVEL OF CLEANING, THE WATERPHASE IS NOT CLEAN ENOUGH TO DISCHARGE AND MUST BE CONTROLLED WITHIN THE PLANT. FURTHERMORE, THIS LIQUID DOES NOT HAVE THE SAME PROPERTIES AS FRESHLY PREPARED SOLUTIONS. HENCE, THE COST OF THIS PROBLEM TO INDUSTRY IS MUCH MORE THAN THE APPARENT DISPOSAL COST. ULTRASONIC COALESCENCE CANPROMOTE RAPID AGGLOMERATION OF PARTICULATE IN A FLUID. ONCETHE PARTICLES ARE AGGLOMERATED, THEY CAN BE EFFICIENTLY SEPARATED BY CENTRIFUGAL OR GRAVITY SEPARATION. S.R. TAYLORAND ASSOCIATES PROPOSE TO USE ITS COMBINED EXPERIENCE WITH ULTRASONICS AND MULTIPHASE COALESCENCE PROCESSING TO DEVELOPM ULTRA SONIC COALESCENCE FOR SEPARATING OIL AND ULTRAFINE METAL PARTICLES FROM METAL WORKING WASTEWATERS, TODETERMINE THE APPROPRIATE OPERATING CONDITIONS FOR SUCCESSFUL COALESCENCE, AND TO USE THIS METHOD TO REGENERATETYPICAL METAL CUTTING FLUIDS. PHASE I STUDIES WILL FOCUS ONDEMONSTRATION OF FEASIBILITY AND PRELIMINARY DESIGN STUDIES PROVIDING THE SUPPORT FOR THE PHASE II PROTOTYPE DEVELOPMENTAND ACTUAL CONTINUOUS FLOW TESTING.

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