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"Wastewater from Aluminum brightening"
I would like to know about the technologies used to treat the wastewaters produced during aluminum brightening using phosphoric acid. I've been looking for such information but I still cannot get a real industrial situation. Does anyone know about it or where to get information from?
Any information will be greatly appreciated.Berta C [last name deleted for privacy by Editor]
Generally aluminum discharges are not regulated and your concern will be for the alloying metals in the material you are bright dipping--probably copper. But phosphate discharges can certainly be an issue as well. Sometimes a conventional end-of-pipe neutralization with an alkaline reagent, and then clarification, is all that is required.
For better response from our readers, please describe your own situation rather than a contextless abstract question, Berta. Are you a student? An environmental consultant? Operator of a bright dipping facility? Are we talking 100 gallons per day or 100 gallons per minute? Dumping an exhausted concentrated solution, or just the rinsewater?
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