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In situ measurement of volatile organic compounds in groundwater by methods coupled to the cone penetrometer

Description: The objective of this investigation is to interface an in situ, on-line sparging system with a cone penetrometer to provide direct analysis of volatile organic compounds (VOCS) in groundwater by on-site analysis. Transfer line materials (15 m {times} 0.160--0.216 cm ID) composed of stainless steel, nickel, aluminum and Teflon{reg_sign}PFA, PTFE, and FEP were evaluated for their ability to quantitatively transfer chloroform, 1,1,1-trichloroethane, carbon tetrachloride, tetrachloroethylene, n-hexane, benzene, toluene, and o-xylene in the gas phase. The water content of the gas stream had an insignificant effect on the quantitative transfer of VOCs through Teflon{reg_sign} tubing but was critical to quantitative transfer of the compounds through metal tubing, particularly for nickel. Transfer efficiencies for all 7 analytes in moist gas streams through stainless steel tubing were greater than 95%. Toluene, tetrachloroethylene, and o-xylene were transferred with 93, 81 and 80% efficiency, respectively when drawn through Teflon{reg_sign}PFA tubing at 25 C. The sorption of these VOCs by Teflon{reg_sign} tubing was reversible and their transfer efficiencies improved to 94% when the tubing was flushed with 16 equivalent volumes of air. In general, the retention of the VOCs by Teflon{reg_sign} increased with decreasing aqueous solubility of the analyte. The efficiency at which VOCs were sparged from aqueous standards in Teflon{reg_sign}PFA, Type 304 stainless steel, and glass vessels were similar.
Date: March 1, 1995
Creator: Doskey, P.V.; Aldstadt, J.H.; Kuo, J.M.; Costanza, M.S. & Erickson, M.D.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Fischer-tropsch synthesis in supercritical fluids. Quarterly technical progress report, October 1, 1994--December 21, 1994

Description: Progress reports are presented for the following two tasks: (1) diffusion coefficients of F-T products in supercritical fluids; and (2) Fischer-Tropsch reaction related studies. The objectives for this quarter for task 1 were to measure molecular diffusion coefficients and effective diffusivities at the same conditions. The objectives for task 2 were to conduct two additional tests with the Ruhrchemie catalyst and a catalyst synthesized in our laboratory under supercritical conditions.
Date: January 31, 1995
Creator: Akgerman, A. & Bukur, D.B.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Refining of fossil resin flotation concentrate from western coal. Final report

Description: During the past several years, significant research efforts have been made to develop process technology for the selective flotation of fossil resin from western coals. As a result of these efforts, several new flotation technologies have been developed. Operation of a proof-of-concept continuous flotation circuit showed the selective flotation process to be sufficiently profitable to justify the development of a fossil resin industry. However, little attention has been given to the refining of the fossil resin flotation concentrate although solvent refining is a critical step for the fossil resin to become a marketable product. In view of this situation, DOE funded this two-year project to evaluate the following aspects of the fossil resin refining technology: 1) Characterization of the fossil resin flotation concentrate and its refined products; 2) Kinetics of fossil resin extraction; 3) Effects of operating variables on solvent extraction; 4) Extraction solvents; 5) Proof-of-concept continuous refining tests; and 6) Technical and economic analysis. The results from this research effort have led to the following conclusions: Hexane- or heptane-refined fossil resin has a light-yellow color, a melting point of 140 - 142{degrees}C, a density of 1.034 gram/cm, and good solubility in nonpolar solvents. Among the four solvents evaluated (hexane, heptane, toluene and ethyl acetate), hexane is the most appropriate solvent based on overall technical and economic considerations. Batch extraction tests and kinetic studies suggest that the main interaction between the resin and the solvent is expected to be the forces associated with solvation phenomena. Temperature has the most significant effect on extraction rate. With hexane as the solvent, a recovery of 90% cam be achieved at 50{degrees}C and 10% solids concentration with moderate agitation for 1 hour.
Date: February 16, 1995
Creator: Jensen, G.F. & Miller, J.D.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Vapor space characterization of waste tank 241-TY-103: Results from samples collected on 4/11/95

Description: This report describes inorganic and organic analyses results from samples obtained from the headspace of the Hanford waste storage Tank 241-TY-103 (referred to as Tank TY-103). The results described here were obtained to support safety and toxicological evaluations. A summary of the results for inorganic and organic analytes is listed in Table 1. Detailed descriptions of the results appear in the text. Quantitative results were obtained for the inorganic compounds ammonia (NH{sub 3}), nitrogen dioxide (NO{sub 2}), nitric oxide (NO), and water (H{sub 2}O). Sampling for hydrogen cyanide (HCN) and sulfur oxides (SO{sub x}) was not requested. In addition, quantitative results were obtained for the 39 TO-14 compounds plus an additional 14 analytes. Of these, 16 were observed above the 5-ppbv reporting cutoff. Sixteen tentatively identified compounds (TICs) were observed above the reporting cutoff of (ca.) 10 ppbv and are reported with concentrations that are semiquantitative estimates based on internal-standard response factors. The 10 organic analytes with the highest estimated concentrations are listed in Table 1 and account for approximately 95% of the total organic components in Tank TY-103. Two permanent gases, carbon dioxide (CO{sub 2}) and nitrous oxide (N{sub 2}O), were also detected.
Date: October 1, 1995
Creator: Ligotke, M.W.; Clauss, T.W. & Pool, K.H.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Preflame zone structure and main features of fuel conversion in atmospheric pressure premixed laminar hydrocarbon flames

Description: This report describes the structure study of the premixed hydrocarbon-oxidizer Bunsen flames burning at the atmospheric pressure and also the ones with some inhibitors added. Studies were performed on hexane, propane, methane, acetylene, and hexene flames.
Date: August 25, 1995
Creator: Ksandopulo, G.I.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Pentan isomers compound flame front structure

Description: The fuels (hexane, pentane, diethyl ether) and conditions investigated in this study are relevant to engine knock in spark- ignition engines. A review is provided of the field of low temperature hydrocarbon oxidation. Studies were made of radical and stable intermediate distribution in the front of cool flames: Maximum concentrations of H atoms and peroxy radicals were observed in the luminous zone of the cool flame front. Peroxy radicals appear before the luminous zone at 430 K due to diffusion. H atoms were found in cool flames of butane and hexane. H atoms diffuses from the luminous zone to the side of the fresh mixture, and they penetrate into the fresh mixture to a small depth. Extension of action sphear of peroxy radicals in the fresh mixture is much greater than that of H atoms due to their small activity and high concentrations.
Date: August 13, 1995
Creator: Mansurov, Z. A.; Mironenko, A. W.; Bodikov, D. U. & Rachmetkaliev, K. N.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Autoignition chemistry of the hexane isomers: An experimental and kinetic modeling study

Description: Autoignition of the five distinct isomers of hexane is studied experimentally under motored engine conditions and computationally using a detailed chemical kinetic reaction mechanism. Computed and experimental results are compared and used to help understand the chemical factors leading to engine knock in spark-ignited engines and the molecular structure factors contributing to octane rating for hydrocarbon fuels. The kinetic model reproduces observed variations in critical compression ratio with fuel structure, and it also provides intermediate and final product species concentrations in very dose agreement with observed results. In addition, the computed results provide insights into the kinetic origins of fuel octane sensitive.
Date: June 1, 1995
Creator: Curran, H.J.; Gaffuri, P.; Pitz, W.J.; Westbrook, C.K. & Leppard, W.R.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Refining of fossil resin flotation concentrate from Western coal. Ninth quarterly report, January 1--March 31, 1995

Description: Heptane showed a consistently higher extraction than hexane even through heptane contains only one more methylene group in its molecular structure. However economic factors must also be considered in the overall evaluation of the process. In this regard a simple economic evaluation was carried out taking into consideration the operating costs for the resin concentrate refining process. First of all, the price of industrial grade heptane is about the same as hexane. Because the process operates in a recycle mode, the initial cost would be about the same for both solvents. But in order to obtain the final resin product, the extracted resin has to be recovered from solution using evaporation techniques, which consume energy. Due to the significant difference in boiling points between the two solvents, approximately 25--35% more energy will be required for resin recovery by evaporation if heptane is used as the solvent for extraction. This represents a very significant increase of the operating cost. Secondly, based on bench scale tests the same yield can be achieved with hexane if the average residence time is increased. Such an increase in retention time only increases the capital cost by a small amount. It appears then from an economic perspective that hexane is the most appropriate solvent.
Date: March 31, 1995
Creator: Jensen, G.F. & Miller, J.D.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Sensing liquid properties with shear-mode resonator sensors

Description: Liquid properties are measured from the changes they induce in the resonant frequency and damping of thicknessshear mode quartz resonators. A smooth-surfaced resonator viscously entrains the contacting fluid and responds to the density-viscosity product. Separation of density and viscosity is accomplished using two devices: one with a smooth surface and one with a corrugated surface that traps fluid. By observing the difference in stored and dissipated energies in the contacting fluid, its non-Newtonian characteristics can also be determined.
Date: June 1, 1995
Creator: Martin, S.J.; Cernosek, R.W. & Spates, J.J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department