Reprocessing and reuse of waste materials to solve air quality related problems

Christopher M.B. Lehmann, Massoud Rostam-Abadi, Mark J. Rood, Jian Sun

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Abstract

This study evaluates methodologies for using waste tire rubber to make carbonaceous adsorbents for potential commercial use in air quality control operations. Such an approach provides a two-fold environmental and economic benefit: A recycling path is developed for waste tires and new adsorbents are produced from a low cost waste material for use in environmental operations. Tire-derived activated carbons (TDACs) were prepared under select processing conditions from recycled shredded tire samples obtained from several US vendors. The resulting carbon products were generally mesoporous, with N2-BET surface areas ranging from 239 to 1031 m2/g. Several of the TDACs were tested for their ability to store natural gas and remove volatile organic compounds (VOC) and mercury from gas streams. The TDACs were able to achieve 36% of the recommended adsorbed natural gas storage capacity for natural-gas fueled vehicles. Equilibrium acetone adsorption capacities of the TDACs were comparable to BPL, a commercially available activated carbon adsorbent. Adsorption capacities of mercury in simulated flue gas streams were, in general, higher than Illinois coal-derived and commercial activated carbons.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages19
Number of pages1
StatePublished - Dec 1 1998
EventProceedings of the 1998 91st Annual Meeting & Exposition of the Air & Waste Management Association - San Diego, CA, USA
Duration: Jun 14 1998Jun 18 1998

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OtherProceedings of the 1998 91st Annual Meeting & Exposition of the Air & Waste Management Association
CitySan Diego, CA, USA
Period6/14/986/18/98

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    Lehmann, C. M. B., Rostam-Abadi, M., Rood, M. J., & Sun, J. (1998). Reprocessing and reuse of waste materials to solve air quality related problems. 19. Paper presented at Proceedings of the 1998 91st Annual Meeting & Exposition of the Air & Waste Management Association, San Diego, CA, USA, .