SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 2006

Electrokinetically Enhanced Settlement and Remediation of Contaminated Sediment


Electrokinetic technique has been used in sedimentation at mining applications as a volume reduction for slurry tailing wastes. This technique has been used in remediation for environmental application as a potential in-situ remediation method for contaminated soils and wastes. Thus electrokinetic technique can be used in sedimentation and remediation of sediments. A regulated constant voltage was applied on the testing sample, directed upward, top cathode (-) and bottom anode (+) during electrokinetic sedimentation process. On the other hand, constant voltage was applied on the testing sample, directed downward, top anode (+) and bottom cathode (-) during electrokinetic remediation process. This means that the polarity reversal was employed. The time dependent settlement and concentration due to electrophoresis and electro-osmosis was measured on an hourly basis. The sedimentation rate of specimen and removal rate of contaminant in contaminated sediment were increased with increasing of applied voltages.

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Chung, HI
Korea Institute of Construction Technology, Gyeonggi-do, Korea
Sills, GC
Oxford University, Oxford, United Kingdom
Kamon, M
Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Kyoto University, Sakyo-ku, Japan
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Developed by Committee: D18
Pages: 274–286
DOI: 10.1520/STP37696S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5512-1
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-3408-9