Assessment of biofilter media particle sizes for removing ammonia

G. T. Sales, V. G.B. Day, Richard S Gates, N. Lovanh, G. Del Nero Maia, A. Singh

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Abstract

With increased concerns over odor and gas emissions from livestock production facilities more efficient technologies of air pollution control are needed to mitigate the deleterious effects of air contaminants. Gas-phase biofilters for treating contaminant gases from poultry and livestock operations can be cost-effective and environmentally friendly. However, a biofilter's media is an important factor to be considered when in its design. The goal of this study was to assess three compost biofilter particle sizes (12.5 mm > R1 > 8.0 mm > R2> 4.75 mm > R3> 1.35 mm) for ammonia (NH3) removal efficiency and pressure drop using three different residence times (5 s, 10 s, and 20 s). The three compost particle size ranges were physically and chemically characterized, their capability to reduce NH3 was analyzed, and their resistance to airflow was determined. Accumulation of ammonium (NH4) and production of nitrite (NO2) were observed after running NH3 through the media continuously for nine days. The combination of the highest airflow rate (5 s residence time) and largest particle size range (R1) achieved higher NH3 removal efficiencies: 33.4 ± 5.7% and 35.8 ± 5.8%, respectively and the third highest pressure drop: 173.4 ± 16.4 Pa/m. The interaction between medium airflow rate (10 s residence time) and large particle size range (R1) yielded the highest NH3 removal efficiency: 36.7±6.2% and the third lowest pressure drop: 50.2 ±7.0 Pa/m. These results were found over a start-up period of nine days.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2009, ASABE 2009
Pages2544-2553
Number of pages10
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009
EventAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2009 - Reno, NV, United States
Duration: Jun 21 2009Jun 24 2009

Publication series

NameAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2009, ASABE 2009
Volume4

Other

OtherAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2009
CountryUnited States
CityReno, NV
Period6/21/096/24/09

Keywords

  • Emissions mitigation
  • Gas-phase biofilter
  • Livestock
  • Pressure drop
  • Residence time

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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