Effect of some operational parameters on the arsenic removal by electrocoagulation using iron electrodes

CAN B. Z. , Boncukcuoglu R. , YILMAZ A. E. , Fil B. A.

JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING, vol.12, 2014 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier


Arsenic contamination of drinking water is a global problem that will likely become more apparent in future years as scientists and engineers measure the true extent of the problem. Arsenic poisoning is preventable though as there are several methods for easily removing even trace amounts of arsenic from drinking water. In the present study, electrocoagulation was evaluated as a treatment technology for arsenic removal from aqueous solutions. The effects of parameters such as initial pH, current density, initial concentration, supporting electrolyte type and stirring speed on removal efficiency were investigated. It has been observed that initial pH was highly effective on the arsenic removal efficiency. The highest removal efficiency was observed at initial pH = 4. The obtained experimental results showed that the efficiency of arsenic removal increased with increasing current density and decreased with increasing arsenic concentration in the solution. Supporting electrolyte had not significant effects on removal, adding supporting electrolyte decreased energy consumption. The effect of stirring speed on removal efficiency was investigated and the best removal efficiency was at the 150 rpm. Under the optimum conditions of initial pH 4, current density of 0.54 mA/cm(2), stirring speed of 150 rpm, electrolysis time of 30 minutes, removal was obtained as 99.50%. Energy consumption in the above conditions was calculated as 0.33 kWh/m(3). Electrocoagulation with iron electrodes was able to bring down 50 mg/L arsenic concentration to less than 10 mu g/L at the end of electrolysis time of 45 minutes with low electrical energy consumption as 0.52 kWh/m(3).