Separation of Kerosene from water by using a locally Produced Biopolymer from Agricultural Waste
In this research a biopolymer were locally produced using an agricultural waste (potato peels). The present study is to evaluate bio-sorption process using locally produced biodegradable sorbent from agricultural waste (potato peels) to remove kerosene from water at both batch and continuous process were used. The physical property of the produced biopolymer were measured and it found to have melting point of (188 oC), density of (1.65 gm/cm3), porosity range (67.9-89.2 %), Tensile modules of (41.2 GPa) and a Tensile strength of (6.1 MPa). According to the above specification the produced biopolymer can be categorized as a (PGA) type. The influence of different operational conditions such as flow rate, pH, initial concentration, particle size on the dynamic behavior of the adsorption process has been investigated. To achieve these goals, analytical instrumental techniques, experimental procedures and equipments that is employed throughout the present study. Experiments were carried out at various flow rate Q L/min., initial concentrations Co mg/L, pH, particle size, and bed height with keeping the other variables constant for a given run. The optimum condition for the batch experiments were found to be as follows (Mass of biopolymer=57.62 gm, (v kerosene/v water), volume ratio=10/90, Agitation speeds=250 rpm, pH=4, Experimental temperature=35oC). Different continuous systems were achieved to measure the breakthrough curve for kerosene and distilled water carried out at various conditions.