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Title:
PROCESS FOR TREATING CYANIDE AND CYANATE CONTAINING WASTEWATERS
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/1980/000335
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A process for treating a cyanide and cyanate-containing aqueous influent such as a wastewater stream (61) is provided. A two-stage method is included for destroying a cyanide-containing influent which comprises: (a) introducing said cyanide-containing influent (61) into a first ozone-contacting zone (Reactor Number 1); (b) contacting said influent (61) in said first zone (Reactor Number 1) with a second ozone-containing gas (78) at least a portion of said second ozone-contaning gas comprising a first ozone-depleted gas (74) withdrawn from a second contact zone (Reactor Number 2) to form a first cyanide-depleted effluent (65) and a second ozone-depleted gas (66); (c) introducing said first cyanide-depleted effluent (65) into a second ozone-contacting zone (Reactor Number 2); (d) contacting said effluent (65) in said zone (Reactor Number 2) with a first ozone-containing gas (71) to form a second cyanide-depleted effluent (83) and a first ozone-depleted gas (74); (e) withdrawing said first ozone-depleted gas from said second contact zone (Reactor Number2); and (f) withdrawing said second cyanide-depleted effluent (83) from said second zone (Reactor Number 2). A single stage method is also provided in this invention. Both single stage and double stage embodiments employ a turbine-gas injector (64) in each ozone-contacting zone to accomplish a high mass transfer of the ozone-containing gas to the influent. In both the single stage and double stage method, the cyanide-depleted effluents may be recycled to the aqueous influent stream prior to its introduction to either the first or second ozone-contacting zone or to the contacting zones themselves to destroy cyanides and cyanates in these effluents. This destruction is accomplished by allowing residual ozone or other oxidising species in the recycled effluent to react with the cyanide/cyanate species and reducing influent concentrations by diluting the influent entering the contacting zones while it the same time obtaining lower ozone-containing gas to liquid (G/L) ratios.

Inventors:
NOVAK F (US)
Application Number:
PCT/US1979/000548
Publication Date:
March 06, 1980
Filing Date:
July 27, 1979
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
TII CORP (US)
International Classes:
B01F3/04; C02F1/78; C02F3/20; (IPC1-7): C02B1/38
Foreign References:
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US3823923A1974-07-16
US4132637A1979-01-02
US4105545A1978-08-08
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DE1929254A11970-12-17
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Claims:
CLAIMS
1. A process for treating an aqueous cyanidecontaining influent comprising: (a) introducing said influent to an ozone contact¬ ing zone; (b) mixing by spinning at least a portion of said influent with an ozonecontaining gas to form a stream of bubbles of said ozonecontaining gas in said influent, and injecting said stream into said zone; and (c) withdrawing a cyanidedepleted effluent from said zone.
2. The process of claim 1 wherein said ozonecontaining gas is selected from the group consisting of ozoneinair, ozonein oxygen, and ozoneinair and oxygen.
3. The process of claim 1 wherein at least a portion of said cyanidedepleted effluent is combined with said influent and introduced into said ozone contacting zone.
4. The process of claim 3 wherein said portion of cyanide depleted effluent is retained in a holding zone before being combined with said influent.
5. The process of claim 1 wherein said mixing and injecting is accomplished by an operating turbine gas injector associat ed with said zone, said injector comprising; (a) a hollow casing extending into said zone having an enlarged section at the lower end thereof, said enlarged section having an annular elongated gap which communicates with said zone; (b) a shaft rotatably mounted in' said casing; (c) a turbinebladed impeller rotor mounted on said shaft and extending into said enlarged section; said rotor having a liquid intake section which receives said influent; ( ) means for rotating said shaft; and (e) a gas inlet which receives said ozonecontain¬ ing gas, said inlet communicating with said casing above said enlarged section, whereby said influent is spun in said impel¬ ler and mixed with said ozonecontaining gas in said enlarged section to form said stream and said stream is injected into said zone through said elongated gap.
6. The process of claim 5 wherein said bubbles have an aver¬ age size of between about 1/2 mm. and about 60 mm.
7. The process of claim 1 wherein said influent further comprises cyanate and a metal selected from the group consist ing of iron, copper, zinc and mixtures thereof.
8. A process for treating an aqueous cyanidecontaining influent comprising; (a) introducing said influent to an ozonecontact ing zone; (b) mixing by spinning at least a portion of said influent with an ozonecontaining gas to form a stream of bubbles of ozonecontaining gas in said influent and injecting said stream into said zone; (c) withdrawing a cyanidedepleted effluent from said zone; (d) combining at least a portion of said cyanide depleted effluent with said cyanidecontaining influent; and (e) repeating steps (a) to (c) .
9. The process of claim 8 wherein said ozonecontaining gas is selected from the group consisting of ozoneinair, ozone oxygen, and ozoneinair and oxygen.
10. The process of claim 8 wherein said portion of said cyanidedepleted effluent is retained in a holding zone before being combined with said cyanidecontaining influent.
11. The process of claim 8 wherein said mixing and injecting is accomplished by an operating turbine gas injector associat ed with said zone, said injector comprising; (a) a hollow casing extending into said zone having an enlarged section at the lower end thereof; said enlarged section having an annular elongated gap which communicates with said zone; (b) a shaft rotatably mounted in said casing; (c) a turbinebladed impeller rotor mounted on said shaft and extending into said enlarged section; said rotor having a liquid intake section which receives said influent; (d) means for rotating said shaft; and (e) a gas inlet which receives said ozonecontain ing gas, said inlet communicating with said casing about said enlarged section, whereby said influent is spun in said impel¬ ler and mixed with said ozonecontaining gas in said enlarged section to form said stream and said stream is injected into said zone through said elongated gap.
12. The process of claim 11 wherein said bubbles have an average size of from about 1/2 mm. to about 60 mm.
13. The process of claim 8 wherein said influent further comprises cyanate and a metal selected from the group consist¬ ing of iron, copper, zinc and mixtures thereof.
14. A process for treating a cyanidecontaining aqueous influent comprising; (a) introducing said cyanidecontaining influent into a first ozonecontacting zone; (b) contacting said influent in said first zone with a second ozonecontaining gas, at least a portion of said second ozonecontaining gas comprising a first ozonedepleted gas withdrawn from a second contact zone to form a first cyanidedepleted effluent and a second ozonedepleted gas; (c) withdrawing said first cyanidedepleted efflu¬ ent from said zone; (d) introducing said first cyanidedepleted efflu ent into a second ozonecontacting zone; (e) contacting said first cyanidedepleted efflu¬ ent in said second zone with a first ozonecontaining gas to form a second cyanidedepleted effluent and a first ozone depleted gas; (f) withdrawing said first ozonedepleted gas from said second contact zone; and (g) withdrawing said second cyanidedepleted 0 effluent from said second zone.
15. The process of claim 14 wherein each of said first and said second ozonecontaining gases is selected from the group consisting of ozoneinair, ozoneoxygen, and ozoneinair 5 and oxygen.
16. The process of claim 14 wherein said first ozonecontain¬ ing gas is an ozoneinair mixture comprising from about 1.0% to 3.5% by weight of ozone.*& 20.
17. The process of claim 14 wherein said first ozonecontain¬ ing gas is an ozoneinoxygen or ozoneinair and oxygen mix¬ ture comprising from about 2.5% to about 7.5% by weight of ozone.*& 25.
18. The process of claim 14 wherein all of said second ozone containing gas comprises said first ozonedepleted gas.
19. The process of claim 14 wherein from about 1% to about 30 99% of said second ozonecontaining gas is comprised of said first ozonedepleted gas.
20. The process of claim 14 wherein at least a portion of said second cyanidedepleted effluent is combined with said 35 cyanidecontaining aqueous influent.
21. The process of claim 20 wherein said portion of said second cyanidedepleted effluent is retained in a holding zone before being combined with said cyanidecontaining aqueous 40 influent.
22. The process of claim 14 wherein said contacting of said cyanidecontaining influent in said first zone with sai second ozonecontaining gas comprises mixing at least a por¬ tion of said influent with said second ozonecontaining gas t form a stream of bubbles of said ozonecontaining gas in said influent and injecting said stream into said zone'.
23. The process of claim 22 wherein said mixing and injecting is accomplished by an operating turbine gas injector associat¬ ed with said zone, said injector comprising; (a) a hollow casing extending into said zone having an enlarged section at the lower end thereof, said enlarged section having an annular elongated gap which communicates with said zone; (b) a shaft rotatably mounted in said casing; (c) a turbinebladed impeller rotor mounted on said shaft and extending into said enlarged section, said rotor having a liquid intake section which receives said influent; (d) means for rotating said shaft; and (e) a gas inlet which receives said ozonecontain¬ ing gas, said inlet communicating with said casing above said enlarged section, whereby said influent is spun in said impel¬ ler and mixed with said ozonecontaining gas in said enlarged section to form said stream and said stream is injected into said zone through said elongated gap.
24. The process of claim 23 wherein all of said influent is introduced directly to said liquid section of said impeller rotor.
25. The process of claim 23 wherein said bubbles have an average size of between about 1/2 mm. and 60 mm.
26. The process of claim 14 wherein said contacting of said first cyanidedepleted effluent in said second zone with said first ozonecontaining gas comprises mixing by spinning at least a portion of said influent with said first ozonecon taining gas to form a stream of bubbles of said ozonecon¬ taining gas in said influent and injecting said stream into said second zone.
27. The process of claim 26 wherein said mixing and injecting is accomplished by an operating turbine gas injector associat¬ ed with said zone, said injector comprising; (a) a hollow casing extending into said zone having an enlarged section at the lower end thereof, said elongated section having an annular elongated gap which communicates with said zone; (b) a shaft rotatably mounted in said casing; (c) a turbinebladed impeller rotor mounted on said shaft and extending into said enlarged section, said rotor having a liquid intake section which receives said influent; (d) means for rotating said shaft; and (e) a gas inlet"which receives said ozonecontain¬ ing gas, said inlet communicating with said casing above said enlarged section, whereby said influent is spun in said impel¬ ler and mixed with said ozonecontaining gas in said enlarged section to form said stream and said stream is injected into said zone through said elongated gap.
28. The process of claim 27 wherein said bubbles have an average size of from 1/2 mm. to 60 mm.
29. The process of claim 14 wherein said cyanidecontaining aqueous influent further comprises cyanate and a metal select¬ ed from the group consisting of iron, copper, zinc and mix¬ tures thereof, a portion of said cyanate being oxidized and said metal being precipitated in said zones.
30. A process for treating a cyanidecontaining aqueous influent comprising; (a) introducing said influent to a first ozone contacting zone; (b) mixing by spinning at least a portion of said influent in said first zone with a second ozonecontaining gas to form a stream of bubbles of said ozonecontaining gas in said influent and injecting said stream into said zone to form a first cyanidedepleted effluent and a second ozonedepleted gas; (c) withdrawing said first cyanidedepleted efflu¬ ent from said zone; 0 (d) introducing said first cyanidedepleted efflu¬ ent into a second ozonecontacting zone; (e) mixing by spinning at least a portion of said first cyanidedepleted effluent with a first ozonecontaining gas to form a stream of bubbles of said first ozonecontaining 5 gas in said effluent and injecting said stream into said zone to form a second cyanidedepleted effluent and a first ozone depleted gas; (f) withdrawing said first ozonedepleted gas from said second contact zone; and 0 (g) withdrawing . said second cyanidedepleted effluent from said second zone.
31. The process of claim 30 wherein each of said first and said second ozonecontaining gases is selcted from the group 5 consisting of ozoneinair, ozoneoxygen, and ozoneinair and oxygen.
32. The process of claim 30 wherein said first ozonecontain¬ ing gas is an ozoneinair mixture comprising from about 1.0% 0 to 3.5% by weight of ozone.
33. The process of claim 30 wherein said first ozonecontain¬ ing gas is an ozoneinoxygen or ozoneinair and oxygen mix¬ ture comprising from about 2.5% to about 7.5% by weight of 35 ozone.
34. The process of claim 30 wherein all of said second ozone containing gas comprises said first ozonedepleted gas.
35. 40 35.
36. The process of claim 30 wherein from about 1% to about 99% of said second ozonecontaining gas is comprised of said first ozonedepleted gas.
37. The process of claim 30 wherein at least a portion of said second cyanidedepleted effluent is combined with said cyanidecontaining aqueous influent.
38. The process of claim 30 wherein said portion of said second cyanidedepleted effluent is retained in a holding zone before being combined with said cyanidecontaining aqueous influent.
39. The process of claim 30 wherein said mixing and inject¬ ing, step (b) , is accomplished by an operating turbine gas injector associated with said first contacting zone, said injector comprising; (a) a hollow casing extending into said first zone having an enlarged section at the lower end thereof, said enlarged section having an annular, elongated gap which com¬ municates with said zone; (b) a shaft rotatably mounted in said casing;. (c) a turbinebladed impeller rotor mounted on said shaft and extending into said enlarged section, said rotor having a liquid intake section which receives said influent; (d) means for rotating said shaft; and (e) a gas inlet which receives said second ozone containing gas, said inlet communicating with said casing above said enlarged section, whereby said influent is spun in . said impeller and mixed with said second ozonecontaining gas in said enlarged section to form said stream and said stream is injected into said zone through said elongated gap.
40. The process of claim 38 wherein said bubbles have an average size of from about 1/2 mm. to about 5 mm.
41. The process of claim 30 wherein said mixing and injecting in step (e) is accomplished by an operating turbine gas injec tor associated with said second ozonecontacting zone, said injector comprising; (a) a hollow casing extending into said second zone having an enlarged section at the lower end thereof, said enlarged section having an annular, elongated gap which com¬ municates with said zone; (b) a shaft rotatably mounted in said casing; (c) a turbinebladed impeller rotor mounted in said shaft and extending into said enlarged section, said rotor having a liquid intake section which receives said effluent; (d) means for rotating said shaft; and (e) a gas inlet which receives said first ozone containing gas, said inlet communicating with said casing about said enlarged section, whereby said first cyanide depleted effluent is spun in said impeller and mixed with said first ozonecontaining gas in said enlarged section to form said stream and said stream is injected into said second zone* through said elongated gap.
42. The process of claim 40 wherein said bubbles have an average size of from 1/2 mm. to 5 mm.
43. A process for treating a cyanidercontaining aqueous influent comprising; (a) introducing said cyanidecontaining influent into a first ozonecontacting zone; (b) contacting said influent in said first zone with a second ozonecontaining gas, at least a portion of said second ozonecontaing gas comprising a first ozonedepleted gas withdrawn from a second contact zone to form a first cyanidedepleted effluent and a second ozonedepleted gas; (c)withdrawing said first cyanidedepleted effluent from said zone; (d) introducing said first cyanidedepleted efflu¬ ent into a second ozonecontacting zone; (e) contacting said first cyanidedepleted efflu ent in said second zone with a first ozonecontaining gas to form a second cyanidedepleted effluent and a first ozone depleted gas; (f) withdrawing said first ozonedepleted gas from said second contact zone; (g) withdrawing said second cyanidedepleted effluent from said second zone; (h) combining at least a portion of said second 0 cyanidedepleted effluent with said cyanidecontaining aque¬ ous influent; and (i) repeating said steps (a) to (g) .
44. The process of claim 42 wherein each of said first and 5 said second ozonecontaining gases is selected from the group consisting of ozoneinair, ozoneoxygen, and ozoneinair and oxygen.
45. The process of claim 42 wherein said first'ozonecontain 20 ing gas is an ozoneinair mixture comprising from about 1.0% to 3.5% by weight of ozone.
46. The process of claim 42 wherein said first ozonecontain¬ ing gas is an ozoneinoxygen or ozoneinair and oxygen mix 25 ture comprising from about 2.5% to 7.5% by weight of ozone.
47. The process of claim 42 wherein all of said second ozone containing gas comprises said first ozonedepleted gas.
48. 30 47.
49. The process of claim 42 wherein from about 1% to about 99% of said second ozonecontaining gas is comprised of said first ozonedepleted gas.
50. The process of claim 42 wherein said portion of said 35 second cyanidedepleted effluent is retained in a holding zone before being combined with said cyanidecontaining aqueous influent.
51. The process of claim 42 which further comprises combining 40 a portion of said first cyanidedepleted effluent withdrawn from said first zone with said cyanidecontaining aqueous influent, and repeating at least said steps (a) to (c) .
52. The process of claim 49 wherein said portion of said first cyanidedepleted effluent is retained in a holding zone before being combined with said cyanidecontaining aqueous influent.
53. The process of claim 42 wherein said contacting of said cyanidecontaining influent in said first zone with said second ozonecontaining gas comprises mixing by spinning at least a portion of said influent with said second ozone containing gas to form a stream of bubbles of said ozone containing gas in said influent and injecting said stream into said zone.
54. The process of claim 42 wherein said contacting of said first cyanidedepleted effluent in said second zone with said first ozonecontaining gas comprises mixing by spinning at least a portion of said influent with said first ozonecon¬ taining gas to form a stream of bubbles of said ozonecontain ing gas in said influent and injecting said stream into said second zone.
55. The process of claim 42 wherein said cyanidecontaining aqueous influent further comprises cyanate and a metal select¬ ed from the group consisting of iron, copper, zinc and mix tures thereof, a portion of said cyanate being oxidized and said metal being precipitated in said zones.
56. A process for treating a cyanatecontaining aqueous influent comprising: (a) introducing said influent to an ozone contact¬ ing zone; (b) contacting said influent with an ozonecon¬ taining gas until a cyanatedepleted effluent is obtained; and (c) withdrawing said cyanatedepleted effluent from said zone. BU .
57. The process of claim 54 wherein said ozonecontaining gas is selected from the group consisting of ozoneinair, ozone oxygen, and ozoneinair and oxygen.
58. The process of claim 54 wherein said ozonecontaining gas is an ozoneinair mixture containing from about 1.0% to 3.5% ozone by weight.
59. The process of claim 54 wherein said ozonecontaining gas is an ozoneinoxygen or ozoneinair and oxygen containing from about 2.5% to 7.5% ozone by weight.
60. A process for treating a cyanatecontaining aqueous influent comprising; (a) introducing said influent successively into a plurality of ozonecontacting zones arranged in series; (b) contacting said influent with an ozonecon taining gas in each zone to form a cyanatedepleted effluent, at least a portion of the ozonecontaining gas in the earlier zones being comprised of an ozonedepleted gas withdrawn from a latter zone; and (c) withdrawing a cyanatedepleted effluent from any one of said zones.
61. The process of claim 58 which comprises two ozonecon¬ tacting zones.
62. The process of claim 58 which comprises three ozone contacting zones.
63. The process of claim 58 wherein said ozonecontaining gas is selected from the group consisting of ozoneinair, ozone oxygen, and ozoneinair and oxygen.
64. The process of claim 58 wherein said ozonecontaining gas is an ozoneinair mixture containing from about 1.0% to 3.5% ozone by weight. jUREiT/" OMPI fy,. WIPO .
65. The process of claim 58 wherein said ozonecontaining gas is an ozoneinoxygen or ozoneinair and oxygen containing from about 2.5% to 7.5% ozone by weight.
Description:
PROCESS FOR TREATING CYANIDE AND CYANATE CONTAINING WASTEWATERS

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

This invention is primarily concerned with a method for treating aqueous cyanide-containing liquors with an ozone- containing gas to substantially destroy the cyanide content therein. The present invention is also concerned with des¬ troying substantial amounts of cyanates in such liquors formed by the initial oxidation of cyanides.

Simple cyanides as well as complex cyanide compounds are present in the waste effluents from certain chemical operations such as metal plating processes, photographic pro¬ cesses, mining operations, and metal refining processes. Because of the toxic nature of these cyanides and the poten¬ tial hazard of contaminating water supplies, these effluents cannot be discharged into rivers or lakes without pretreatment to reduce cyanide levels. This contamination problem is not . avoided by discharging such effluents on land since the cya- ' nides can eventually pass through the soil and reach water supplies. In order to protect the environment and the public at large, federal and state governments have prescribed limits on the levels of cyanides in effluents discharged from such chemical operations.

Cyanates, which are formed by the initial oxidation of cyanides, are less toxic than cyanide but nonetheless present a potential danger to the environment. Government regulations have not yet been promulgated for cyanate dis¬ charge but it is expected that such regulations will be forth¬ coming. Therefore, there is a substantial need for an effi¬ cient method of destroying cyanides in wastewater effluents to acceptable levels and also for a method which reduces the cyanate content in the effluent finally discharged to the environment.

In the past, attempts at substantially destroying cyanides contained in wastewater effluent streams have either been too inefficient or too expensive for large scale commer- cial treatments.

For example, *toxic cyanides can be precipitated a insoluble heavy metal compounds by the addition of a heav metal salt to a cyanide-containing liquor. unfortunately, complete elimination of cyanides is not accomplished by thi method and it requires costly and bulky equipment.

Oxidation of cyanides to cyanates and then to carbo dioxide and nitrogen by alkaline chlorination has also bee described in the art. One of the initial products, cyany chloride, however, is also toxic and destruction of it is slo which often results in incomplete treatment of the effluent. Moreover, the addition of agents to control pH adds to the total dissolved solids in the effluent. The use of peroxides to oxidize cyanide has also been suggested but is considered commercially prohibitive due to the high cost of materials.

Another problem shared by the above methods is their inability to break down metal-complexed cyanides such as iron cyanide.

More recently, ozone-containing gases such as ozone-air, ozone-oxygen and ozone-air and oxygen, either alone or in combination with a U.V. ' light treatment, have been employed as cyanide treatment agents for wastewater effluents because they are relatively inexpensive to produce and are efficient oxidants for cyanides. Ozone rapidly oxidizes cyanide to cyanate if a high mass transfer of ozone to the effluent is accomplished. The oxidation of cyanate to gaseous nitrogen and carbon dioxide however, is kinetically controlled and therefore requires significant additional contact time with ozone. Metal complexed cyanides such as iron cyanides are not usually destroyed by ozonation.

In U.S. Patent No. 3,920,547 to R. L. Garrison, et. al. , a method for the destruction of cyanides, particularly cyanides complexed with iron in an aqueous cyanide solution is provided comprising contacting the solution with an ozone- containing gas while simultaneously irradiating the aqueous cyanide solution with ultra-violet light. The method is preferably carried out while maintaining the pH of the solu- tion between 5 and 9 at temperatures of between 30°C. and

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70°C. It is also preferred to contact the aqueous cyanide solution and ozone-containing gas in a plurality of separate zones, one atop the other in a tower, countercurrently or by parallel flow, with the simultaneous irradiation with UV light being carried out in at least one of the separate con¬ tact zones, preferably in the last zone where the cyanide ion concentration is a minimum and reaction rate must be enhanced. To provide for a more efficient dispersion of ozone- containing gas, each zone in the tower can be equippped with a means to provide small bubbles in the solution such as a mixer, porous stone diffuser, ozone ejector or other suitable means to obtain a satisfactory mass transfer of ozone from the gas to the liquid phase.

In U.S. Patent No. 3,732,163 to W. Lapidot, a pro¬ cess and apparatus for treating industrial waste streams is described employing a plurality of ozone treatment zones wherein a major portion (70% to 95%) of the liquid to be treated is introduced into the upper portion of a first ozo- nation zone and the remaining portion of the liquid is intro¬ duced into a second ozonation zone, each zone comprising a packed tower. An ozone-containing gas mixture enters the bottom of the first zone, contacts the liquid therein and is discharged to the lower portion of the second zone. The treated effluent from the first and second zones can each be returned or combined and returned to the natural source from where the liquid* was obtained or can be recycled for use as fresh water. The outlet stream from the second zone can be directed to the first zone to insure that this portion of the water receives the full ozone treatment at all times. The gaseous stream removed from the upper portion of the second ozonation zone is then utilized for the regeneration of the ozone-containing gas by mixing with oxygen, drying, bleeding to remove nitrogen and then introducing it to an ozone-genera¬ tion device.

The present invention, on the other hand, deals with an efficient method of treating a cyanide-containing aqueous liquor with an ozone-containing gas in at least one ozone- contacting zone to destroy cyanides contained therein by

providing a high-mass transfer of ozone to the aqueous liquor. The high mass transfer of ozone to influent i accomplished by employing a turbine gas injector in each zone The injector spins a portion of the wastewater influent in turbine-bladed impeller rotor at high speed and mixes th wastewater with an ozone-containing gas, which gas is broke down into small bubbles by the mixing and distributed in th influent portion. This stream of ozone-containing gas an influent is then injected into the zone containing a volume o wastewater influent.

By recycling at least a portion of treated liquo from the contacting zone to either the influent liquor strea or to the zone itself, or by retaining said portion in holding zone and then recycling, additional cyanide as well a cyanate, formed as an intermediate in the cyanide oxidation is also oxidized by the direct ozone treatment in the zone an the residual oxidants in the recycled liquor. When carried out in two or more ozone-contactin zones wherein at least a portion of an ozone-containing ga from an ozone source contacts liquor in the latter zones an the expended gas therefrom is used as at least a portion o the ozone treating gas for the earlier stages, with any re mainder of treating gas being supplied by the ozone source substantially complete ozone utilization is achieved in des troying cyanide.

By recycling or retaining and recycling at least portion of treated effluent from one or more latter zones t an earlier zone or to incoming untreated liquor itself, in creased cyanide and cyanate oxidation is accomplished. I addition, certain free and complexed metals in the wastewate such as copper, iron and zinc are oxidized to an insoluble an filterable or settleable state. A process for substantially destroying cyanat which is formed by the oxidation of cyanide by any of th cyanide-treatment processes of this invention is also provided.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

Basically the present invention comprises intro¬ ducing a cyanide-containing liquid influent into at least one ozone treatment zone wherein the influent is mixed with an ozone-containing gas at high speed to impart a high velocity to the influent and to break the gas into small bubbles. This treatment achieves a high mass transfer of ozone to the influ¬ ent thereby insuring optimum reaction conditions for. the oxidative destruction of cyanides contained therein.

The ozone treatment zone preferably comprises a tank or reactor having an inlet and outlet for influent introduc- tion and treated effluent withdrawal, respectively. The tank or reactor also has a gas outlet at the top thereof for with¬ drawal of expended ozone-containing gas.

This high mass transfer of ozone to influent is accomplished by employing a gas injector associated with the ozone treatment zone which comprises a cylindrical casing extending into the zone having an enlarged section at its lower end comprising a pair of opposed shroud members. Between the shroud members is an elongated annular gap to allow the gas-liquid mixture to pass from the casing into the zone. A shaft is rotatably mounted within the casing coupled to a means for rotating the shaft such as an electric motor.

The shaft has a turbine bladed impeller rotor mounted on its lower end which impeller extends into the enlarged section.

By rotating the shaft, cyanide-containing wastewater influent is drawn into the water intake of the spinning impeller at the bottom of the casing while ozone-containing gas is drawn into the casing via a gas inlet tube communicating with the inside of the casing just above the enlarged section. The gas is mixed with influent expelled by the high speed impeller thus breaking the gas into small bubbles which exit the injector through the elongated gap in the form of a mixture of bubbles and influent.

A wastewater influent line can also be directly connected to the bottom of the injector in the contact zone for maximum cyanide destruction with maximum ozone transfer.

This is especially preferred for use in the first ozone treat ment zone as wil be described in more detail below. Such turbine gas injectors as described above hav been used heretofore in bio-oxidative treatments of non-cya nide containing liquors but their use for treating cyanide containing wastewaters has not been described heretofore.

The ozone-containing gas used to treat the waste water can be an ozone-air, ozone-oxygen or ozone-air an oxygen mixture as prepared by conventional ozone generators Such ozone generators are capable of producing gas mixture from an air source containing from about 1.0% to 3.5% ozone b weight. From an oxygen source such generators produce ozone in-oxygen or ozone-in-air and oxygen gas mixtures containin from 2.5% to 7.5% ozone by weight.

The process of this invention can be used to destro high cyanide-containing effluents containing 100 p. .m. tota cyanide or more, medium cyanide concentrations of 50 to 10 p.p.m. total cyanide as well as low cyanide-containing efflu ents, i.e. containing 50 p.p.m. total cyanide or less.

Although substantial amounts of total . cyanide containing species can be destroyed by using one contact zon equipped with a turbine gas injector, it is preferred t employ at least a two stage method comprising;

(a) introducing a cyanide-containing liquid influ ent into a first ozone-contacting zone;

(b) contacting said influent in said first zon with a second ozone-containing gas, at least a portion of sai second ozone-containing gas comprising a first όzone-deplete gas withdrawn from a second contact zone, to form a firs cyanide depleted effluent and a second ozone-depleted gas;

(c) introducing said cyanide-depleted effluen into a second ozone-contacting zone; (d) contacting said effluent in said second zon with a first ozone-containing gas to form a second cyanide depleted effluent and a first ozone-depleted gas.

Substantially complete ozone utilization is accom plished by one of two methods, i.e., either all fresh ozone containing gas from an ozone source is introduced into th

second zone and the exhaust gas therefrom is introduced into the first zone, or, a fraction of fresh ozone-containing gas is introduced into the second zone, the exhaust gases therefrom are combined with the balance of fresh ozone-containing gas from the source and the so combined ozone fractions are then introduced into the first zone.

Wastewater flow optimization can be obtained by withdrawing a portion of the treated effluent wastewater from the first and/or second zones and recycling it to the influent or to the first zone directly. In the case of a single-stage treatment a portion of treated effluent can be recycled from the single ozone contacting zone to incoming influent or to the zone directly. This flow scheme will reduce the amount of total cyanide that must be treated in the first stage and will also allow ozone to react with some of the cyanate contained and/or formed in the first and second stages. Residual oxi- dants in the treated effluent such as ozone, peroxide or oxygen species and metallic oxides are also mixed with the raw cyanide-containing influent by recycling, thereby rendering them effective for the oxidation of total cyanides and cya¬ nates. Moreover, the total ozone gas-to-liquid ratio can be decreased by recycling thereby increasing the system effi- ciency. It has also been found that 90% of the total copper and complexed iron and 100% of the total zinc in the waste¬ water are oxidized in the process to insoluble and settlable solids which can be removed by filtering or settling after one. or the other stage which substantially reduces the total metals, total cyanide and cyanide amenable to chlorine in the wastewater. This can be accomplished without a pH adjustment.

Cyanate destruction in the wastewater effluents from the first or second stages can be achieved by retaining the effluents in holding zones or tanks before further treat- ment with ozone by recycling. This allows cyanate to react with residual oxidants to form gaseous carbon dioxide and nitrogen. As previously mentioned, reaction of cyanate to gaseous carbon dioxide and nitrogen is kinetically controlled and requires extended contact periods to go to completion. In the case of a single stage treatment a single holding zone i

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employed after treatment in the zone.

Three or more additional contacting zones are pref- erably used for cyanate destruction, the number of contacting zones depends on the initial concentration of cyanate and the desired level of cyanate in the effluents. More contacting zones offer higher utilization of ozone, particularly when low effluent concentrations of cyanate are required. Wastewater flow for cyanate destruction, like cya¬ nide destruction, is from the earlier zones to the- latter zones with counter current ozone-containing gas flow from the latter stages to the earlier stages, at least a portion of the ozone-depleted gas from a latter stage being used as the ozone-containing gas for the next earlier stage with the remaining portion of ozone-containing gas, if any, being supplied by the ozone source.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

Fig. 1 is a front view of a reactor for treating cyanide-containing wastewater influents according to this invention having associated therewith a turbine gas injector which effects high mass transfer of ozone to influent. Fig. 2 is a front view of a reactor having associ¬ ated therewith a turbine gas injector wherein the influent line to said reactor is directly connected to said gas injec¬ tor.

Fig. 3 is a sectional view of a "fail-safe" modifi- cation of Fig.2.

Fig. 4 is a flow diagram of the process embodiments of this invention.

Fig. 5 is a process block diagram which includes the processes of Fig. 4 and also a cyanate destruction process.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

Fig. 1 shows a reactor containing a turbine gas injector used to effect high mass transfer of ozone to cya- nide-containing influent in the process of this invention.

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Such turbine gas injectors are manufactured by the Kerag Co. of Richterswil, Switzerland and are sold in the United States by the TII Corp. of Lindenhurst, New York.

The reactor is shown generally by 11 and consists of a cylindrical tank 12 having a water inlet 13 and a water outlet 14 at opposing sides thereof. Mounted atop the tank 12 and extending through the top wall 15 thereof is an electric motor driven turbine gas injector shown generally by 16.

The injector 16 comprises a hollow cylindrical casing 17 mounted under electric motor 18 and extends into the tank through the top. The casing 17 is secured to the upper wall 15 of the tank by collar 19 which sits in an annular recess 20 in the top wall and is secured therein by means of bolts 21. Bolted to the outside of the casing at its lower end is upper shroud member 22 which flares outwardly from the casing. Mounted below the upper shroud member 22 by means of bolts 23 is lower shroud member 24 which is, for the most part, a mirror image of upper shroud member 22. The upper and lower shroud, members together form an outwardly flaring collar or enlarged section at the bottom of the casing. There is a small annular, elongated gap 25 between the flared ends of the shroud members which can be varied by adjusting bolts 23. The upper shroud member 22 and lower shroud member 24 form inter¬ nal chamber 32. The lower end of the lower shroud member 24 is flanged and is . bolted to the flanged end " of water intake section 26. An inwardly protruding section 27 at the lower inner section of the lower shroud member 24 defines an annular space to accomodate impeller intake section 33 which will be described in more detail below.

Rotatably mounted inside the casing 17 is shaft 28 which is coupled to motor 18 and extends to the lower end of the casing. The shaft is rotatably supported by bearing 29 in the casing at top wall 15. A seal 30 located just below the top wall in the casing prevents ozone and other gases from reaching the bearing and motor. Mounted at the lower end of shaft 28 is turbine-bladed impeller rotor 31 which fits close¬ ly within chamber 32. The water intake end 33 of the impel ' is nested within the annular space defined by

A gas inlet line 34 extends from the top of the tank 12, through collar 20 and joins the casing 17 above the shroud collar 22. A gas outlet 40 is located in the top of the tank.

The tank 12 is also equipped with water guide baffle

35 near water inlet 13 which baffle directs water flow to the inlet section 26 of the injector. An overflow weir 36 is mounted inside the tank near outlet 14 to control liquid level in the tank. Mounted on the water guide baffle 35 and over¬ flow weir 36 are baffle fins 37 which prevent liquid in the tank from developing a vortex during operation of the injec¬ tor. Additional fins are equally spaced around the inside of the tank (not shown) . In operation of the tank and injector of Fig. 1, cyanide-containing influent is introduced to the tank through inlet 13 and around guide baffle 35 to a level indicated in the Figure. The motor 27 is energized and ro¬ tates shaft 28 and impeller 31 at high speed while ozone- containing gas from an external supply is connected with gas inlet 34. A portion of the influent in the tank is drawn into the intake 33 of the spinning impeller 31 while at the same time ozone-containing gas is drawn into the casing 17 where it is mixed with influent expelled from the high speed impeller in the space between the impeller and elongated gap to impart a high velocity to the influent stream and to break the gas into small bubbles. The liquid stream and gas mixture are injected through the elongated gap 25 into the mass of influent liquid in the tank as shown by the arrows. Momentarily, as the gas- water vortex action is slowed by the mass of liquid in the influent plenum volume, the gas velocity pressure is converted into high static pressure in contact with the extended surface interface of the water and accomplishes a high mass transfer of ozone to liquid in the tank. Since the impeller 31 draws in the gas stream, the gas line to the tank is under negative pressure, thereby reducing the possibility of gas leakage into the ambient environment.

The bubble size of the injected gas depends upon a number of parameters including the speed or r.p.m. of the impeller, the width of the elongated gap 25, the ozone- containing gas to liquid influent ratio, the viscosity of the

influent, the temperature of the influent and the static pressure head of liquid influent in the tank. By adjusting these paramters such bubble sizes can be controlled to between about 1/2 mm. to about 60 mm. in diameter and preferably from about 1/2 mm. to 5 mm. for optimum mass transfer conditions.

After treatment in the injector, treated effluent is withdrawn from the tank through outlet 14. Expended ozone- containing gas is withdrawn from the tank through gas outlet 40.

Fig. 2 shows an alternative construction of the tank 12 wherein wastewater influent is connected directly to the bottom of the injector 16. In this construction, influent line 38 enters through the side wall of tank 12 where it is bolted to shroud member 24. Inlet 13 and guide baffle 35 as shown in Fig. 1 are eliminated and fin 37 is mounted on the wall of tank 12. This construction allows all wastewater influent to be fed directly to the injector 16. It has been found that such a construction is desirable for the first stage of ozone treatment in the multi-stage embodiment of this invention whereas the construction used in Fig. 1 is preferred for the second or latter stages.

Fig. 3 is a sectional view of a fail-safe embodiment of Fig. 2 showing only the lower portion of injector 16. In this embodiment, the wastewater influent line 38 is not directly connected with the bottom of the injector but flares outwardly in an inverted frustro-conical shape 39 a short distance below shroud member 24. Such construction prevents excessive pressure on the impeller 31 at high flow rates of influent thus preventing damage to the impeller and motor. Excessive pressure is relieved by letting a portion of the influent escape into the tank between the edge of the flared section 39 and the bottom of the injector. During underflow conditions, wastewater from the tank is drawn into the frustro-conical shape 39 for turbine optimization.

Fig. 4 is a flow diagram of process embodiments of this invention which includes;

A. A single-stage ozone treatment; B. A single-stage ozone treatment with recycling

of treated effluent to influent;

C. A double-stage ozone treatment; and D. A double-stage ozone treatment with recyclin of treated effluent to influent.

Ozone-containing gas flow in the single-stage ozon treatments, is from an ozone-containing gas generating sourc directly to the stage or zone containing water to be treated with the exhaust or expended gas being discharged from th system. In the case of the double-stage ozone treatments either all ozone-containing gas may be introduced into th second stage and the exhaust gas withdrawn therefrom intro duced as the ozone-containing gas to the first stage or portion of the total flow of ozone-containing gas may b introduced into the second stage, the exhaust therefrom com bined with the remaining portion of ozone-containing gas an the combined gases introduced as the ozone-containing gas t the first stage.

A. Single-stage Ozone Treatment

Referring to Fig. 4, cyanide-containing wastewate influent enters the system in line 61 where it is directl introduced to the bottom of an operating turbine gas injecto 64 as shown in Fig. 2 which is housed in Reactor No. 1. Valv 62 in conjunction with flowmeter 63 regulate wastewater influ ent flow to Reactor No. 1.

Connected to the gas inlet 64a of the injector i line 78 which conducts ozone-containing gas generated in ozon generator 70. Flowmeter 79a and valve 80b are used to measur and control flow through line 78.

Such ozone-containing gas can be an ozone-air ozone-oxygen or ozone-air and oxygen mixture wherein the ozon comprises for example from about 1.0% to 3.5% by weight of th mixture when using an air feed to the ozone generator. Abou a 2% by weight ozone-in-air mixture is preferred. Through th high rotational speed of the impeller in the injector 64, th influent is fed into the impeller and mixed with ozone containing gas drawn into the casing of the injector to form

mixture of very fine bubbles of ozone in the influent.

After the ozone-containing gas and wastewater influent mixture are distributed into the plenum volume of influent in Reactor No. 1 in the form of a mixture of fine bubbles of ozone in the influent and allowed to react, the expended ozone-containing gas from Reactor No. 1 is withdrawn therefrom in line 66. The flow through line 66 is monitored by flowmeter 67.

Treated wastewater effluent from Reactor No. 1 is withdrawn in line 65 and may be removed from the system by directing flow to Hold Tank No. 1 via line 92 and valve 91 and from the Hold Tank to line 90 via valve 93, pump 87 and valve 89. Valves 68 and 88 are closed.

The above-described Single-stage Ozone Treatment is particularly useful for treating low cyanide-containing wastewaters, i.e., 50 p.p.m. or less cyanide.

B. Single-Stage Ozone Treatment With Recycling of Treated Effluents

Alternatively, treated effluent from Reactor No. 1 in Hold Tank No. 1 may be recycled to line 61 through line 86, valves 88 and 93 and pump 87. By recycling the treated efflu¬ ent in the Hold Tank, residual oxidants in the effluent are allowed to destroy additional cyanide and time is allowed for the kinetically-controlled conversion of some cyanate to carbon dioxide and nitrogen to take place. The treated effluent from Reactor No. 1 combined with the influent feed in line 61 at about double the original flow rate are contacted with ozone-containing gas in gas injector 64 of Reactor No. 1. The recycling of treated efflu¬ ent containing a reduced cyanide content to incoming influent in line 61 reduces the amount of total cyanide that must be treated in Reactor No. 1 thereby allowing a portion of the ozone-containing gas to react with cyanate in the influent. Additional unreacted oxidants in the treated effluent are also mixed with the raw cyanide-containing wastewater thereby rendering them effective for the oxidation of total cyanide

and cyanate. The recycling also reduces the ozone-containin gas-to-liquid influent ratio since less cyanide must b treated thereby rendering the process more efficient.

After treatment in Reactor No. 1, treated recycle and raw wastewater may be separated from the system in line 9 as mentioned above in connection with the single-stage ozon treatment.

C. Double-Stage Ozone Treatment

The wastewater flow in Reactor No. 1 of the double stage ozone treatment is the same as in the single-stag treatment except that the ozone-containing gas introduced int the gas inlet 64a of Reactor No. 1 comprises at least a por tion of the expended ozone-containing gas withdrawn fro Reactor No. 2 which will be described in more detail here after. Treated wastewater effluent from Reactor No. 1 i withdrawn in line 65 and enters Reactor No. 2 by opening valv 68. As shown in Fig. 1, the effluent enters Reactor No. 2 a the water inlet in the side of the Reactor. A portion of th effluent is then drawn up the water inlet of turbine ga injector 64 in Reactor No. 2. Line 65 may also be directl connected to the bottom of turbine gas injector 64 as i Reactor No. 1 (See Fig. 2)

Treated effluent from Reactor No..2 is withdrawn i line 83 where it can be separated from the system by closin valve 102 in line 98.

The ozone-containing gas generated in ozone genera tor 70 is introduced into Reactor No. 1 and No. 2 by either o the following schemes.

In one scheme, all ozone-containing gas from genera tor 70 is introduced into the gas inlet 64a of turbine ga injector 64 of Reactor No. 2 via line 99 and 71, throug valves 73 and 101. Flowmeter 100 in line 99 and flowmeter 7 in line 71 monitor gas flow. After contacting and reactin with the influent in Reactor No. 2, the ozone-depleted gas i withdrawn in line 74 monitored by flowmeter 77 and enters lin

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75 when valve 76 is in the closed position. The ozone- depleted gas in line 75 connects with line 78 via valve 79 and flowmeter 80 to the gas inlet 64a of turbine injector 64 of Reactor No. 1. This scheme is preferred for low cyanide- containing influents.

In the second scheme, which is preferred for high cyanide-containing influents, a portion of ozone-containing gas from ozone generator 70, e.g., from 1% to 99%, preferably 50% + 10% of the total, may be introduced into the turbine gas injector of Reactor No. 2 through line 71 and the remaining portion introduced into line 78 where it is combined with ozone-depleted gas exhausted from Reactor No. 2 in line 75. The ozone concentration of the ozone-depleted gas determines whether or not it is reused in Reactor No. 1. This offers maximum flexibility in operating the system for variations in ' cyanide concentrations in the injrluent. A portion of the ozone-depleted gas from Reactor No. 2 may also be withdrawn from the system through line 81.

D. Double-Stage Ozone Treatment With Recycling of

Treated Effluent

Treated effluent from Reactor No. 2 can also be withdrawn through line 98 where it is introduced into Hold Tank No. 2. If desired, the effluent may be retained in the Hold Tank for from about 5 to 15 minutes to allow residual oxidants to destroy cyanide and some cyanate. The effluent is withdrawn from Hold Tank No. 2 in line 84 through valve 85 where it enters line 86 and is intro¬ duced to wastewater influent line 61 by pump 87 through valve 88. Raw wastewater influent and recycled effluent are then introduced to Reactor No. 1. A portion of the recycled efflu- ent in line 86 may be dumped via line 90 by opening valve 89.

Hold Tank No. 1 may also be employed to accept treated effluent from Reactor No. 1 by closing valve 68 and opening valve 91 in line 92. Treated effluent in Hold Tank

No. 1 may then be withdrawn to line 86 where it is combined with treated effluent from line 84. If desired, treated

effluents in Reactors No. 1 or No. 2 need not be retained i any Hold Tanks but may be directly recycled to influent lin 61 as indicated by dotted lines 102 and 103.

A portion of treated effluent in line 86 may also b recycled to Reactor No. 2 in lines 94 and 65 by opening valve 9 and closing valves 88 and 89. The advantages of recyclin have been discussed above in connection with the single-stag treatment with recycling of treated effluent.

It has been found that by employing a single-stag ozone treatment with no recycling, about 80% to 90% of th total cyanide in the original wastewater influent can b destroyed rapidly, i.e., in less than 10 minutes. In the cas of single-stage treatment with recycling, even greater amount of total cyanide in the treated recycled effluents are destroye as well as significant amounts of cyanide in the combined ra influent. Significant amounts of additional cyanate are als destroyed in the case of the double-stage reaction with n recycling.

In the double-stage treatment with recycling o treated effluent, even greater amounts of cyanide and cyanat are destroyed.

It has also been found that the ozonation treatmen according to this invention also oxidizes simple and complexe metals in the cyanide-containing wastewater to form a precipi tate. This precipitate can be filtered or settled to remov the metals as well as reduce further the total cyanide in th wastewater influent. For example, in the case of a cyanide containing influent also containing small amounts of copper, iron and zinc, free and complexed with cyanide species, abou 90% of the copper and complexed iron and about 100% of th zinc can be removed in the second stage of a double-stag ozone treatment, with or without recycling of effluent. It has also been found that by regulating the ozon flow in the double-stage process according to the scheme outlined above, 100% ozone utilization can be achieved b controlling gas to liquid ratios for specific cyanide influen concentrations. Fig. 5 is a block diagram of a process for substan

tially destroying cyanate contained in a cyanide-depleted effluent stream such as that discharged from line 83 of Fig. 4. Such effluent contains substantial amounts of cyanate derived from cyanate originally present in the wastewater influent stream in line 61 and from cyanate formed by the initial oxidation of cyanides in Reactors No. 1 and No. 2 by any of the methods hereinbefore discussed. The left portion of Figure 5 is essentially a repe¬ tition of Figure 4 in block diagram form showing only essen¬ tial wastewater lines, ozone-containing gas lines, Hold Tanks and Reactors. The right portion of Figure 5 is a block dia¬ gram of a cyanate destruction process. Effluent from line 83 enters the first reactor,

Reactor No. 3, of a multi-reactor system comprising Reactors No. 3, 4 and 5, each of which reactors may be similar in construction to Reactors No. 1 and No. 2. However, since the oxidation of cyanate to nitrogen and carbon dioxide is kinet- ically and not mass transfer controlled it is unnecessary to employ turbine gas injectors as in Reactors No. 1 and No. 2, although such injectors may be employed, if desired. Conven¬ tional ozone ejectors or diffus-ers are also satisfactory. Effluent in Reactor No. 3 is reacted with an ozone-containing gas and withdrawn in line 105 where it may be discharged in line 106 if desired, depending on the levels of cyanate des¬ troyed in the effluent. Preferably, however, the effluent in line 105 is introduced into Reactor No. 4 where it is again treated with an ozone-containing gas and withdrawn in line 107. This effluent may be discharged in line 108 depending on the desired degree of cyanate destruction or introduced into Reactor No. 5. After ozone treatment in Reactor No. 5, the treated effluent is withdrawn in line 109 where it is either removed from the system in line 110 or sent to further ozone reactors (not shown) , if necessary, to further deplete cya¬ nate.

The ozone distribution system in the cyanate de¬ struction process of Figure 5 is similar to the system for destroying cyanide. An ozone-containing gas source such as an ozone-air, ozone-oxygen or ozone-air and oxygen gas generator

as indicated by 111, introduces ozone-containing gas to eac Reactor by one or the other of the following methods. In the first method, a portion of ozone-containin gas is introduced into one or more of the later reactors an the exhaust gases therefrom combined with the remaining por tions of ozone-containing gas being introduced to one or mor earlier zones. For example, an ozone-containing gas in lin 112 may be introduced into each of Reactors 3, 4 or 5 throug lines 113, 114 and 115, respectively (e.g., 1/3 to each) Exhaust ozone-containing gas from Reactor No. 5 in line 116 i added to fresh ozone-containing gas in lines 114 and/or 11 through lines 117 and 118, respectively. Exhaust ozone containing gas from Reactor No. 4 is withdrawn in line 119 an combined with ozone-containing gas in line 115 to Reactor No 3. Exhaust ozone-containing gas from Reactor No. 3 is remove from the system in line 120. A similar procedure is used fo two contacting zones as in the cyanide-destruction method. in the second method all ozone-containing gas i introduced to a later zone and the exhaust therefrom used a the ozone-containing gas to be introduced to. an earlier zone For example, ozone-containing gas in line 112 is introduce into Reactor No. 5 via line 113, the exhaust gas therefrom i line 116 introduced into Reactor No. 4 through lines 118 an 114, and the exhaust gas from Reactor No. 4 in line 119 intro duced into Reactor No. 3 through line 115. Exhaust ozone containing gas is removed from the system in line 120. If tw reactors are used, all ozone-containing gas is introduced int Reactor No. 4 and the exhaust therefrom used in Reactor No. 3. Although the ozone source 70 for Reactors No. 1 an No. 2 is shown in Figure 5 as being separate from ozone sourc 111, it is within the scope of this invention to provide single ozone source to serve all Reactors shown in Figure 5. Since the conversion of cyanate to nitrogen an carbon dioxide is kinetically controlled, it is necessary tha a cyanate-containing influent be contacted with ozone fo longer periods of time to destroy cyanates than .for cyanid destruction. Experimentally it has been determined that 50% o

all cyanate can be destroyed using one reactor e.g.. Reactor No. 3, after about 30 minutes of contact time with an ozone- containing gas and about 70% to 75% can be destroyed within 60 or 90 minutes. Ozone utilization is from about 50% to 60% of the dose when continuously introduced to the reactor. If two cyanate-destruction reactors are employed, e.g.. Reactors No. 3 and No. 4, with all ozone-containing gas introduced to Reactor No. 4 and the exhaust gas therefrom introduced to Reactor No. 3, from 50% to 65% of the cyanate can be destroyed within 20 to 30 minutes and from 82% to 86% can be destroyed within 60 minutes. Ozone utilization is as high as 75% during the first 30 minutes. It has been estimated that about 90% or greater of the cyanate contained in the effluent in line 83 can be des¬ troyed within about 20 to 30 minutes using three stages as described above and that even more cyanate can be destroyed by using additional ozone-contacting zones.

EXAMPLES 1 to 4

These Examples illustrate a Double-Stage Ozone Treatment of a low cyanide-containing wastewater stream as illustrated in Figure 4 wherein the wastewater stream in line 61 is first introduced into Reactor No. 1, then to Reactor No. 2 and finally withdrawn in line 83. The reaction time in each Reactor was about 5 minutes for each Example.

In Examples 1 to 3 the total cyanide concentration (CN T ) of each influent stream was 46.9 mg/1, the cyanide amenable to chlorine oxidation (CN A ^_ C1 ) was 43.9 mg/1, the free cyanide concentration (CN F ) was 19.3 mg/1 and the cyanate concentration (CNO) was 9.6 mg/1. In Example 4 the CN T was 44.6 mg/1 and the was 40.1 mg/1, the C F was 17.5 mg/1 and the CNO was 6.6 mg/1. The pH of each influent was between 9.5 and 9.7.

The total copper and iron contents were about 21.5 and 1.3 mg/1, respectively, for all Examples and the total zinc content was about 0.3 mg/1. The ozone-containing gas employed was a 2.

ozone-in-air mixture for Examples 1 to 3 and a 1.6% wt. ozone-in-air mixture for Example 4. in Example 1, 100% of the fresh ozone-containing ga generated in generator 70 was introduced into Reactor No. with the exhaust gas therefrom introduced as the ozone containing gas to Reactor No. 1.

In Example 2, 40% of the fresh ozone-containing ga was directed to Reactor No. 2 and the exhaust therefrom wa mixed with 60% of fresh ozone-containing gas introduced t Reactor No. 1.

Example 3 employed the same ozone gas flow as Example 2 except that the wastewater flow through Reactors 1 and 2 were doubled, i.e., from 3 G.P.M. to 6 G.P.M. (gallons per minute) or 11.34 1/min. to 22.68 l.p.m. (liters per min¬ ute) .

Example 4 was also identical to Example 2 except that the ozone concentration was reduced. Table 1 below lists the relevant parameters of the process in each Reactor (R, & R-) •

Table 2 summarizes the over-all process parameters ' of Table 1 for the system.

TABLE 1

[1] Gas to Liquid ratio Si

Ozone utilization as indicated by the % 0 3 reacted in Table 2 was about 100% for Examples 1 and 3 while Examples 2 and 4 show excellent but somewhat lower efficiencies. Example 4 had the highest gas to liquid ratio (G/L ratio) while Example 3 had the lowest. Although the ozone data for Exam¬ ples 2 and 3 show a low amount of ozone being introduced to Reactor No. 2, the cyanide reduction (22.7 mg/1 for Ex. 3) indicates a greater amount of ozone being injected than the data indicates. However, the over-all system efficiency of ozone utilization to total cyanide reduction (0 3 /CN_,) was excellent for Example 3. Examples 1 and 4 resulted in maximum CN removal leaving only iron complexed cyanides in the efflu- ent from Reactor No. 2. The 0 3 /CN T ratio was 3.5 (dose and used) for Example No. 1 and since the CN0/CN T ratio was much lower in Reactor No. 2 of Example 1, some of the ozone was used for CNO degradation (Table 1) . Reactor 1 was very efficient with respect to O g /CN τ ratios less than 3.0 for all Examples (except No. 4) which is due to the high mass transfer of ozone to the wastewater stream. Example 4 had the lowest ozone concentration in the gas stream. The higher flow rate for Example 3 was the most efficient system requiring only 1.8 mg 0 3 dosed/mg CN„ reduced both for dose and used ozone rates (Table 2) . All Examples also showed substantially complete removal of free cyanide and cyanide amenable to chlorine oxi¬ dation; pH values of the stream did not change significantly for all Examples.

With regard to the metal contents in the influents of each Example, it was found that a 90% reduction in soluble iron was achieved in Examples 1 and 2 with somewhat less reduction in the other Examples, all of which reductions were evidenced by the formation of an Fe-CN complex precipitate. In Example 3 all Fe-CN complexes remained in solution due to the increased flow rate. A 90% soluble copper reduction was obtained in Examples 1 and 2 with less reductions in the other test runs. In most cases soluble zinc was also completely precipitated. Color and turbidity increased with the addition of ozone due to the precipitation of the metals; higher tur- bidity always being obtained after the second ozone ection

(R_) . The highest turbidity readings were associated with Examples 1 and 2 which indicated that turbidity values could be used to predict the degree of metal precipitation.

EXAMPLES 5 to 8

These Examples illustrate • a Double-Stage Ozone Treatment of a high cyanide-containing wastewater stream following the procedure of Examples 1 to 4, respectively.

In Examples 5 to 7, the CN T was 95.5 mg/1, the

CN -Cl was 82.3 mg/1, the CN F was 56.0 mg/1 and the CNO was 11.1 mg/1. In Example 8 the CN γ was 106.5 mg/1, the N Am _ cl 79.5, the CN F 26.0 and the CNO 17.0 mg/1. The pH of each influent was between 10.10 and 10.20.

Total copper and iron contents in each influent were about 64 mg/1 and 4.7 mg/1, respectively. ^

The ozone-containing gas employed was a 1.69 wt. % ozone-in-air mixture (Examples 5 to 7) and a 1.49 wt. % ozone- in-air mixture (Example 8). The same ozone dose rate (3.0 gr/min) was employed for Examples 5 to 7 while a dose rate of 3.2 gr/min was employed for Example 8. To obtain sufficient ozone to react with the high CN T , high G/L ratios were requir- ed for Examples 5 to 7 but Example 8 required a lower G/L ratio due to the doubled water-flow rate.

Tables 3 and 4 below summarize the relevant process parameters for each stage of each Example and for the overall system, respectively.

Ozone utilization for all Examples was 100% for the system as shown in Table 4. A 70%, 83%, 100% and 79% ozone utilization was obtained in Reactor No. 2 for Examples 5 to 8, respectively.

The reduction in CN T values for Examples 5, 6 and 8 were excellent (exceeded 90%) . Example 7 removed the most CN with the highest efficiency, however the wastewater flow rates were too high for the amount of ozone available to transfer (100% utilization) . CNO values varied slightly in Reactor No. 2 for Example Nos. 5 and 6 which indicates that some of the ozone reacted with the CNO after the oxidizable cyanides were reacted. Example 7 had the greatest increase in CNO since there was insufficient ozone to react with the oxidizable cya¬ nides. Examples 5, 6 and 8 also showed complete removal of CN„ and CN^ -., and Example 7 showed 10 and 20 mg/1, respec¬ tively in the R 2 effluent which was due to the increased flow rate through the system. Example 5 showed an 85% reduction in copper and iron with Examples 6 and 8 resulting in 90% copper reduction with 40% and 70% iron reductions, respectively. Examples 5 and 8 had 90% zinc reductions while Example 6 had a 50% zinc reduc¬ tion. No significant metal reductions were obtained in Exam- pie 7.

EXAMPLES 9 to 12

These Examples illustrate a Double-Stage Ozone Treatment with Recycling of Treated Effluent of a low cyanide- containing wastewater stream as illustrated in Figure 4 where¬ in the wastewater stream in line 61 is first introduced into Reactor No. 1, then to Reactor No. 2 whereafter it is passed to Hold Tank No. 2 for a short period of time and combined with incoming influent in line 61. The influent in line 61 was set at a flow rate of 3 G.P.M. and the recycled effluent was mixed with the influent at approximately 3 G.P.M. This resulted in flow rates of 6 G.P.M. in each Reactor after the first recy¬ cling. The initial wastewater influent was reacted 5 minutes each in Reactor No. 1 and No. 2, before discharge in

Hold Tank. After recycling, effluent from Reactor No. 2 wa discharged. In all Examples the CN T of the influent was abou

44.6 mg/1, the CN ft „, was 40.1 mg/1 for Ex. 9 and 10 and 40. mg/1 for Examples 11 and 12; the CN p was 17.5 mg/1 for Exampl 9 and 10 and 23.0 for Examples 11 and 12; and the CNO was abou 6.6 for all Examples. The total copper and iron contents were about 21. and 1.3 mg/1, respectively, for all Examples and the tota zinc content was about 0.3 mg/1.

The ozone-containing gas employed was about a 1.6 wt. % ozone-in-air mixture for Examples 9 and 10 and a 2.1 w t. % ozone-in-air mixture for Examples 11 and 12.

In Example 9, the ozone-in-air gas flow was control led to allow 60% of the generated gas to be directed to Reac tor No. 1 and 40% to Reactor No. 2, the exhaust gas from Reac tor No. 2 being combined with the 60% fraction before enterin Reactor No. 1. The ozone flow in Example 10 was similar t that of Example 9 except that 40% of the generated gas wa directed to Reactor No. 1 and 60% to Reactor No. 2. The ozon flow in Example 11 was similar to that of Example 9, an Example 12 was similar to Example 10 except for the increas in ozone concentration as previously mentioned. In addition exhaust gas from Reactor No. 2 in Examples 11 and 12 was no combined with the fresh ozone-in-air mixture to Reactor No. 1. Tables 5 and 6 summarize the data obtained for eac stage and for the system respectively.

TABLE 6

As the Tables show, ozone utilization was excellent for all Examples but was greater for Examples 11 and 12 (more than 98%) than for 9 and 10 (more than 95%) . The gas to liquid ratios for Examples 11 and 12 were less than 2 for both reac¬ tors while Examples 9 and 10 used gas to liquid ratios of about. 4 and 2 for Reactors 1 and 2, respectively. Metal analysis indicated that the amount of iron-complex in the effluent discharged would result in approximately 4 mg CN_/1 of effluent. Only Example 9 slightly exceeded this value indicating substantially complete cyanide destruction. Examples 9, 11 and 12 had essentially no CNO increase in Reac¬ tor No. 2 substantiating complete cyanide destruction in addi- tion to some ozone reacting with the CNO. Example 10 had the highest C entering Reactor No. 2 and also had an increase in CNO.

Soluble iron was reduced in the discharged effluent by from 40% to 82% and soluble cooper was reduced from about 38% to 84%, the amount of reduction being lowest in Example 9 and highest in Example 12. Zinc reduction was about 67% in Example 11 and 87% in Example 12.

EXAMPLES 13 to 16

These Examples illustrate a Double-Stage Ozone Treatment with Recycling of Treated Effluent of a high cya¬ nide-containing wastewater stream following the procedure of Examples 9 to 12, respectively. The CN T of the influent was 106.5 mg/1 for Ex. 13 and 14 and 107.8 mg/1 for Ex. 15 and 16. The CN,^ _, for Example 13 was 79.5 mg/1. No CN_ _ c - for Examples 14 to 16 were determined. The CN p of Example 13 was 26.0 mg/1 and the CN„ for Examples 15 and 16 was 48.0 mg/1. The CN„ for Example 14 was not measured. The CNO for Example 13 and 14 was 17.0 mg/1 and for Examples' 15 and 16 was 14.0.

Total copper and iron contents in each influent were about 64 mg/1 and 4.8 mg/1 respectively. Total zinc content was about 0.4 mg/1. The ozone-containing gas employed was a 1/49

ozone-in-air mixture (Examples 13 and 14) and a 1.74 wt. % ozone-in-air mixture (Examples 15 and 16). The same ozone dose rates were applied in each Example (3.1 gr/min).

Tables 7 and 8 summarize the relevant process para¬ meters for each stage of each Example and the overall system, respectively.

TABLE 7

TABLE

As the tables show, all Examples had 100% ozone utilization for the system. Ozone dosed and ozone used for Reactor No. 1 in each Example were identical indicating 100% ozone utilization. The 0 ' 3 /CN T ratios for Reactor No. 1 in each Example were low, ranging from 1.2 to 2.4 for Examples 14, 15 and 16 and 3.4 for Example 13 with a ratio of approxi¬ mately 3.0 for the system for all Examples. All CN was removed from the influent as indicated by the effluent and recirculation data (Effl. and Rec).

EXAMPLES 17 to 19

These Examples illustrate a Single-stage Ozone

Treatment with Recycling of Effluent of a low cyanide-contain¬ ing wastewater stream as illustrated in Figure 4 wherein the wastewater stream in line 61 is introduced into Reactor No. 1, passed to Hold Tank No. 1 and then recycled to line 61 via line 86. The reaction time in each Reactor was about 5 minutes for each Example.

In Example 17, untreated effluent was passed through Reactor No. 1 once at 3 G.P.M. and not recycled. All fresh generated ozone-containing gas was introduced to Reactor No. 1 in one pass.

In Example 18 effluent from Reactor No. 1 was passed to Hold Tank No. 1 (18A) and then recycled through Reactor No. 1 again (18B) .

Example 19 comprising retained (19A) and recycled effluent (19B) were the same as 18A and 18B except that the flow rate through the reactors was doubled. (6 G.P.M.)

The CN T for all Examples was 39.3 mg/1; the CN^..^ was 34.6 mg/1; the CN„r was 12.0 mg/1; and the CNO was 3 .9 mg/1.

In all cases the ozone-containing gas was a 2-.10 wt. % ozone-in-air mixture generated in ozone generator * 70.

Tables 9 and 10 below summarize the individual and system parameters.

TABLE 10

EXAMPLE

PARAMETER 17 18- 19

C T

Reduction mg/min. 396.9 396.9 585.1

°3 Dose mg/min. 1700 1680 1680

Used mg/min. 1230 1270 1660

% O^reacted

0 3 /C T

Dose mg/mg 4.3 4.2 2.9 Used mg/mg 3.1 3.2 2.8

CNO

Increase mg/mg 204.1 217.7 464.9

CNO/CN T mg/mg 0.5 0.6 0.8

As the tables show, a 70% ozone utilization wa accomplished for Example 17, while 18 and 19 had a 76% and 99 ozone utilization, respectively. Example 19 had a high effi ciency due to the high flow rate (6 G.P.M.) and low G/L ratio (1.8 for 19A and 1.3 for 19B) . No excess ozone was recycled i these Examples since only one Reaction Tank having a botto feed configuration was available. This configuration tank ca be used for both Reaction Tanks (No. 1 and No. 2) in a doubl stage system with ozone containing gas flow being the same as in previous Examples.

All Examples showed substantial destruction of CN T . In addition, the CN,. _.. was eliminated in Examples 17 and 18 while Example 10B had about 6.9 mg/1 left in the effluent.

EXAMPLES 20 and 21

In Example 20, a low cyanide-containing wastewater influent having the same composition as that of Examples 1 to 4 was treated according to the procedure of Example 1 (Double- Stage Ozone Treatment) to substantially destroy all cyanides contained therein and then further treated to destroy cyanate in a third ozonation stage as shown in Figure 5, ie, using Reactor No. 3.

The procedure comprised introducing the cyanide- depleted effluent containing about 47 mg CNO/1 into an ozone- reactor containing a gas turbine ozone injector and recycling the effluent through a holding tank and then through the reac- tor again continuously for about 3 hours (180 minutes) at 3

G.P.M. A 2.0 wt. % ozone-in-air mixture at a flow rate of 2.5

3 m /hr. (58.8 gr/hr of ozone) was continuously introduced into the reactor for the entire period.

* Referring to Figure 5, this procedure simulated introducing a cyanide-depleted, cyanate-continaing effluent in line 83 to Reactor No. 3 and allowing ozone-containing gas from generator 111 to be introduced to Reactor No. 3 through line 115 for about 3 hours after which treated effluent was withdrawn in line 106 via line 105. Analysis for cyanate and ozone were conducted every

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10 minutes during the procedure.

Table 11 summarizes the results,

TABLE 11 (Ex. 20)

As the table shows, the initial value of 47 mg CNO/1 was reduced by more than 50% (21.4 mg CNO/1) in 30 minutes and by more than 75% (11 mg CNO) in 60 minutes. A value of 1 mg

CNO/1 was obtained after 180 minutes. More than 50% ozone utilization was obtained during the first 30 minutes and decreased thereafter as the CNO decreased. in Example 21, the same procedure outlined above was used for a high-cyanide-containing wastewater influent.

After depletion of cyanides according to the procedure of

Example 5, a cyanide-depleted effluent containing about 92 mg

CNO/1 was contacted with a 2.2% ozone-in-air mixture for 4 hours according to the procedure of Example 20. The

flow was 5.3 m /hr. (137.4 gr./hr. of ozone)

Analysis for cyanate and ozone were conducted every 15 minutes.

Table 12 summarizes the results

TABLE 12 (Ex. 21)

As table 12 shows, the CNO was reduced by 46% (50 mg CNO/1) in 30 minutes and by 70% (28 mg CNO/1) in 90 minutes. A value of 2.5 mg CNO/1 was obtained after 4 hours.

Between 38% to 42% ozone utilization was obtained during the first 30 minutes and decreased as the CNO decreased to less than 20% after 90 minutes.

EXAMPLES 22 and 23

In these Examples, a low and high cyanide-containing wastewater influent was first depleted of cyanides according to the procedure of Examples 18A and 18B (Single-stage Ozone

Treatment with Recycling of Effluent) and then introduced to further ozone contacting zones to destroy cyanate as shown in Figure 5.

In Example 22, a low cyanide-depleted influent containing about 21 mg CNO/1 was introduced into Reactor No. 1 containing a gas turbine ozone injector at a flow rate of 3 G.P.M. After treatment with an ozone-containing gas, the effluent from Reactor No. 1 was introduced into Reactor No. 2, treated with an ozone-containing gas, withdrawn and introduced to Hold Tank No. 2. From Hold Tank No. 2 the effluent was re- introduced to Reactor No. 1 and the entire process repeated for 3 hours (180 minutes). A 1.9 wt. % ozone-in-air mixture was continuously introduced into Reactor No. 2 at a flow rate of 2.5 m /hr. (56.3 gr/hr of ozone) as the ozone-containing gas and the exhaust therefrom used as the ozone-containing gas for Reactor No. 1.

Referring to Figure 5, this procedure simulated introducing a cyanide-depleted, cyanate-containing effluent from Reactor No. 2 in line 83 to Reactor No. 3 for 90 minutes reaction time with ozone-containing gas, withdrawing effluent in line 105 and introducing it to Reactor No. 4 for another 90 minutes. After which the effluent is withdrawn in lines 107 to 108. Ozone-containing gas flow simulated introducing the gas generated in generator 111 to Reactor No. 4 through line 112 and withdrawing the exhaust gas therefrom in line 119 for introduction to Reactor No. 3.

Analysis of CNO and ozone were taken after every 10 or 15 minutes. The results are summarized in Table 13 below.

As table 13 shows, an initial value of 21 mg CNO/1 was reduced by about 50% in 20 minutes and by 86% (3.4 mg. CNO/1) after 60 minutes. A value of 0.7 mg CNO/1 was obtained after 180 minutes; however after about 40 minutes, CNO de¬ struction decreased slowly with time. This procedure resulted in a more rapid CNO destruction than in Example 20. More than 75% ozone utilization was obtained during the first 30 min¬ utes. Ozone utilization containued to decrease as the CNO decreased, but more than 50% of the dose rate was used up to 75 minutes reaction time. Therefore this flow scheme greatly improved the ozone utilization for cyanate destruction compar- ed to Example 20.

Example 23 followed the procedure for Example 22 except that the cyanide-depleted, influent was derived from a high cyanide-containing wastewater influent and contained 95.2 mg CNO/1. The ozone-containing gas used was a 2.0 wt. % ozone-in-air mixture at a flow rate of 5.3 m 3 /hr. (128.

of ozone) . Total reaction time was 240 minutes (4 hours) .

Analysis for CNO and ozone was conducted every 15 minutes.

Table 14 summarizes the results.

TABLE 14 (Ex. 23)

As Table 14 shows, the initial value of 95.2 mg Q CNO/1 was reduced by 65% (34 mg CNO/1) in 30 minutes and by 82% (17 mg CNO/1) in 60 minutes. Less than 10 mg CNO/1 was obtain¬ ed in 105 minutes with 1 mg CNO/1 in the effluent after 240 minutes reaction time.

About 50% ozone utilization was obtained during the 5 first 30 minutes and 30% was still obtained after 75 minutes.

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