Fenton Coagulation/Oxidation Using Fe2+ and Fe3+ Íons and Peracetic Acid for the Treatment of Wastewater

Grasiele Soares Cavallini, Carlos Magno Vidal, Jeanette Beber Souza, Sandro Xavier Campos


The Fenton coagulation/oxidation process is divided into two steps: coagulation, in alkaline pH and oxidation, in acid pH. This configuration provides a reduction in oxidant concentration, due to the pretreatment conducted in the coagulation step. This study proposes the substitution of hydrogen peroxide (HP) by peracetic acid (PAA) in a Fenton coagulation process to treat sanitary sewage and provide its disinfection. The new combination is proposed in a single step and presented good results in removing turbidity (98.5%), apparent color (95.4%), phosphorus (100%) and COD (58.2%) even at the effluent natural pH, besides demonstrating higher reduction in E. coli when compared with the process that employs hydrogen peroxide. The formation of Fe3+ ions was shown to be responsible for the removal of the particulate material.


DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17807/orbital.v7i3.626



fenton coagulation/oxidation; peracetic acids; removing particulate matter; disinfection

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