Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Engineering Science


Chemical and Biochemical Engineering


Dr Anand Prakash

Second Advisor

Dr. Abhishek Shukla


The three objectives of this project were to study and compare the hydrodynamics of zeolite particles and glass beads, two different zeolites from different suppliers, and to perform preliminary studies of the adsorption characteristics of zeolite particles for heavy metals, namely, copper, zinc, cobalt, cesium, and strontium. Hydrodynamic studies indicated that pressure and expansion measurements could be used to predict the minimum fluidization velocity of the particles, and to indicate the width of the particles’ size distribution. It was also discovered that particles could easily be drained from the equipment in the fluidized state. A model was developed to describe this behavior. Preliminary metal adsorption studies consisted of batch and column adsorption studies with the four zeolites in question. The selectivity sequences of the zeolites were determined from these experiments. The batch studies also indicated that the adsorbent dosage can be optimized. The column studies further demonstrated the efficient adsorption that can be achieved for heavy metals using zeolite particles



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