An empirical model for kinetics of boron removal from boron-containing wastewaters by ion exchange in a batch reactor

Boncukcuoglu R., YILMAZ A., KOCAKERIM M., COPUR M.

DESALINATION, vol.160, no.2, pp.159-166, 2004 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 160 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/s0011-9164(04)90006-9
  • Journal Name: DESALINATION
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.159-166
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: No


In this study, it was investigated boron removal from boron containing wastewaters prepared synthetically. The experiments in which Amberlite IRA 743, boron specific resin was used was carried out in a batch reactor. The ratio of resin/boron solution, boron concentration, stirring speed and temperature were selected as experimental parameters. The obtained experimental results showed that percent of boron removal increased with increasing ratio of resin/boron solution and with decreasing boron concentration in the solution. Stirring speed and temperature had not significant effects on the percent of total boron removal, but they increased the starting boron removal rate. As a result, it was seen that about 99% of boron in the wastewater could be removed at optimum conditions. On the other hand, the process kinetics were predicted by using heterogeneous fluid-solid reaction models. It was seen statistically that the kinetics of this process agreed the pseudo- second order model, as follows: X-B/(1-X-B) = 11,241.5 [OH][C](-1.76)[S/L](2.17)exp(-19,571.2/RT)t(1.24).