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Microwaves in soil remediation from VOCs. 2. Buildup of a dedicated device

Authors

  • Domenico Acierno,

    1. Dept. of Materials and Production Engineering, University of Naples “Federico II”, p.le Tecchio 80, 80125 Naples, Italy
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  • Anna A. Barba,

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    1. Dept. of Chemical and Food Engineering, University of Salerno, via Ponte don Melillo, 84084 Fisciano, SA, Italy
    • Dept. of Chemical and Food Engineering, University of Salerno, via Ponte don Melillo, 84084 Fisciano, SA, Italy
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  • Matteo d'Amore,

    1. Dept. of Chemical and Food Engineering, University of Salerno, via Ponte don Melillo, 84084 Fisciano, SA, Italy
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  • Innocenzo M. Pinto,

    1. Faculty of Engineering, University of Sannio, Palazzo Bosco Lucarelli, Corso Garibaldi 107, 82100 Benevento, Italy
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  • Vincenzo Fiumara

    1. Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Salerno, via Ponte don Melillo, 84084 Fisciano, SA, Italy
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Abstract

This work presents the design of a microwave opened applicator useful to perform the Microwave Induced Steam Distillation (MISD) process for soil remediation treatments. The prototype has been also realized and used to irradiate a 40 x 30 cm area with a given electromagnetic field distribution. Experiments carried out by in situ operations on a soil contaminated with VOC's are reported. Finally, the experimental data collected are described by a mathematical model previously proposed. © 2004 American Institute of Chemical Engineers AIChE J, 50:722–732, 2004

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