AT-SEA INCINERATION OF ORGANOCHLORINE WASTES ONBOARD THE M/T VULCANUS

The report describes the incineration of 4100 tonnes of organochlorine wastes by the M/T Vulcanus in an EPA-designated burn area in the Gulf of Mexico under a special permit granted by EPA Region VI. The wastes, containing 63% chlorine, originated from manufacturing processes. The incineration process was monitored by an industrial field sampling team. Waste destruction efficiencies and total combustion efficiencies were determined by five methods, each with independent means of sampling, analysis, and calculation. Incinerator efficiencies of at least 99.9% were observed at waste feed rates of 22 tonnes/hour. The process was carried out at a flame temperature averaging 1535 C and at dwell times calculated to be 0.9 seconds. An automatic waste shutoff system, incorporated into the incineration process, was preset to shut down the waste flow if the flame temperature dropped below 1200 C. The temperature of the process was monitored directly by an optical pyrometer for flame temperature, and indirectly by thermocouples which measured wall temperature and which were statistically correlated with the flame temperature.

  • Corporate Authors:

    TRW, Incorporated

    Redondo Beach, CA  USA  90278

    Industrial Environmental Research Lab

    Research Triangle Pk, NC  USA  27711
  • Authors:
    • Clausen, J F
    • Fisher, H J
    • Johnson, R J
    • Moon, E L
    • Shih, C C
  • Publication Date: 1977-9

Media Info

  • Pagination: 96 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00168827
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: EPA/600/2-77/196 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: EPA-68-01-2966
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 27 1978 12:00AM