STP886

    Characterizing Petrochemical Wastes for Combustion

    Published: Jan 1985


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    Abstract

    Waste characterization is the first step for the design of an incinerator or for the prediction of a waste's combustion performance in an existing incinerator or other combustion device. Many petrochemical wastes are heterogeneous, so traditional analytical techniques that were developed to handle relatively pure or homogeneous coal or oil samples may not be efficacious. This paper will discuss the problems encountered in using traditional analytical techniques for waste characterization and some solutions to these problems. The analytical areas discussed include elemental composition, ash content, organic content, and metal content. A statistical analysis plan (not a sampling plan) is proposed for handling heterogeneous chemical waste.

    Keywords:

    incineration, wastes, combustion, characterization, petrochemical ash, elemental composition, metals, organic compounds, gas chromatography, chlorine, phosphorus, sulfur, sodium, heat of combustion, viscosity, hazardous wastes


    Author Information:

    Lee, K-C
    Engineering scientist, research scientist, and product manager, Union Carbide Corp., South Charleston, WV

    Hansen, JL
    Engineering scientist, research scientist, and product manager, Union Carbide Corp., South Charleston, WV

    Whipple, GM
    Engineering scientist, research scientist, and product manager, Union Carbide Corp., South Charleston, WV


    Paper ID: STP36380S

    Committee/Subcommittee: D34.08

    DOI: 10.1520/STP36380S


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