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STUDY AND SELECTION OF ADSORBENT FOR THE REMOVAL OF PETROLEUM PRODUCT SPILLS IN MARINE ENVIRONMENT

  • Krishna Theja V Department of Petrochemical Technology, University College of Engineering, Bharathidasan Institute of Technology, Anna University, Tiruchirappalli-620024, Tamil Nadu, India.
  • Manojkumar S Department of Petrochemical Technology, University College of Engineering, Bharathidasan Institute of Technology, Anna University, Tiruchirappalli-620024, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Vijayakumar V Department of Petrochemical Technology, University College of Engineering, Bharathidasan Institute of Technology, Anna University, Tiruchirappalli-620024, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Rengasamy M Department of Petrochemical Technology, University College of Engineering, Bharathidasan Institute of Technology, Anna University, Tiruchirappalli-620024, Tamil Nadu, India

Abstract

Crude oil is the most important non-renewable energy resource currently on earth. It has become really difficult to complete a day without depending on petroleum products. However, production and transportation of oil has paved way to one of the major environmental threats in the form of oil spills. These spillages damage the coastal environment and marine ecosystem. Thus, it is mandatory to clean up this mess as soon as possible. Though there have been many technologies none of it has been efficient. In this work removal and recovery of crude oil by selecting a suitable sorbent among Bananastem, Coconut hair, Polyurethane and Polysulfide polymer under various parameters. From the results obtained in this study, the polyurethane performed well for removal and recovery of crude oil.

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