ORIGINAL RESEARCH
The Use of Iron-Based Sorption Materials and Magnetic Fields for the Removal of Antimony from Water
Ján Ilavský1, Danka Barloková1, Karol Munka2
 
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1Department of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Civil Engineering,
Slovak University of Technology, Radlinského 11, 810 05 Bratislava, Slovak Republic
2Water Research Institute, Nábrežie arm. gen. L. Svobodu 5, 812 49 Bratislava, Slovak Republic
Publish date: 2015-09-21
Submission date: 2015-03-03
Final revision date: 2015-05-15
Acceptance date: 2015-05-25
 
Pol. J. Environ. Stud. 2015;24(5):1983–1992
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The objective of this work was to verify the sorption properties of granular filter materials (GEH, CFH12, Bayoxide E33) during the process of removing antimony from water, and to monitor the impact of magnetic and electromagnetic fields on the effectiveness of removing antimony from water. Pilot tests showed that the use of iron-based sorption materials could possibly decrease the antimony content in water to the values limited for drinking water (5 μg/L Sb). The most suitable adsorbent for removing antimony was GEH. At a concentration of antimony in raw water of 81.4 μg/L and a filtration rate of 3.4 m/h, a value of bed volume 2,030 and adsorption capacity of 144.7 μg/g was determined; at the filtration rate of 5.6 m/h, the bed volume was 1,342, and the adsorption capacity was 96.8 μg/g achieved at breakthrough concentration 5 μg Sb/L. The results presented from testing the effects of a permanent magnet and electromagnet in removing antimony are not well known, as only a few experiments have been conducted.
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