Possibilities of using steelmaking industry residues in the removal of metals from liquid effluents
Keywords:rolling mill scale, removal, heavy metals, cementation, adsorption isotherms
A study is made of the removal of metals present in aqueous effluents using a residue of the steelmaking industry denominated rolling mill scale. Mill scale can be considered a cheap material for the removal of toxic metals due to its high content in iron oxides and metallic iron. A study of the removal of Cd+2, Zn+2, Pb+2 y Cu+2 ions from aqueous solutions was made, studying several variables that affect the process. The removal of cadmium, zinc and lead corresponding to a superficial adsorption process, was evaluated using the theories of Langmuir and Freundlich. The removal of copper occurs through a process of oxidation-reduction or cementation (Cu+2/Fe0). The possibilities of desorption were studied too.
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