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Alvin NgFollow

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Authors' Class Standing

Alvin Ng, Senior

Lead Presenter's Name

Alvin Ng

Faculty Mentor Name

Dr Birce Dikici

Abstract

People are concerned about contaminants in their drinking water that cannot be removed by water softeners or physical filtration. Solvents, pesticides, industrial wastes, and leaking underground storage tanks are some sources of water contamination. The water filtration system filters impurities and foreign particles in dirty water. There are three different section for this filtration system where the first, second and third section are pebbles, sand and filter paper respectively. First, the ability of the water filtration system to filter out foreign particles as well as purifying the water is examined. Dirty water with sand and dry leaves, colored water and colored water with activated carbon were three different conditions being tested. It is observed that the water filtration systems are unable to filter all impurities from the samples such as the dye in colored water; however, activated carbon is used as an agent to remove the dye from the colored water. Activated carbon filtration reduces the certain organic chemicals and chlorine in water. It can also reduce the amount of lead ad dissolved radon in water even though most lead-reducing systems use another filter medium in addition to carbon. Water is run through granular or block carbon material to reduce toxic compounds. In this study, factors (such as flow rate, temperature, pH, and molecular weight) that affect the performance of activated carbon are examined.

Did this research project receive funding support (Spark or Ignite Grants) from the Office of Undergraduate Research?

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Investigation of Activated Carbon Filtering Distillation System

People are concerned about contaminants in their drinking water that cannot be removed by water softeners or physical filtration. Solvents, pesticides, industrial wastes, and leaking underground storage tanks are some sources of water contamination. The water filtration system filters impurities and foreign particles in dirty water. There are three different section for this filtration system where the first, second and third section are pebbles, sand and filter paper respectively. First, the ability of the water filtration system to filter out foreign particles as well as purifying the water is examined. Dirty water with sand and dry leaves, colored water and colored water with activated carbon were three different conditions being tested. It is observed that the water filtration systems are unable to filter all impurities from the samples such as the dye in colored water; however, activated carbon is used as an agent to remove the dye from the colored water. Activated carbon filtration reduces the certain organic chemicals and chlorine in water. It can also reduce the amount of lead ad dissolved radon in water even though most lead-reducing systems use another filter medium in addition to carbon. Water is run through granular or block carbon material to reduce toxic compounds. In this study, factors (such as flow rate, temperature, pH, and molecular weight) that affect the performance of activated carbon are examined.

 

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