CHEMICAL ENGINEERING COMMUNICATIONS, vol.190, pp.749-762, 2003 (SCI-Expanded)
In this study, the treatment of highly polluted synthetic phenolic wastewater in a tubular continuous electrochemical reactor was modeled and solved by the finite difference method. The reaction conditions were previously optimized with batch reactor experiments, and the synthetic wastewater containing 443 mg/L and 3063 mg/L initial phenol concentrations was treated in the runs at 25degreesC with 120 g/L electrolyte concentration. For the model solution, the column was divided into 10 nodes in z-direction and 9 nodes in r-direction with the intervals Deltaz = 3.5 cm, Deltar = 0.5 cm, and Deltat = 10 s and 1.2 min for 443 mg/L and 3063 mg/L phenol feed concentrations, respectively. The results of the model solution correlated with the experimental data fairly well, which could be useful in the design and scale up of tubular continuous electrochemical reactors for phenol removal.