Experimental investigation of sulfite oxidation enhancement in a micro-pore aeration system†
Seawater wet flue gas desulfurization is a promising process for coal-fired power plants. The relationship between sulfite oxidation and different parameters in the process of desulfurization seawater recovery was investigated in a laboratory-scale experimental system. The results suggest that the effect of pH on the KS(IV) shows a trough shape, and the best KS(IV) was achieved in the pH of 5.8. High temperature, salinity and alkalinity show a positive effect on the oxidation of S(IV), whereas the effect of flow rate is more complicated. It is found that micro-pore aeration has a better performance than coarse aeration with low flow rate, which is good for energy savings. In addition, a multi-layer perceptron model has been designed for prediction of the influence of different factors on sulfite oxidation by micro-pore aeration. The results demonstrated that the top five factors were pH, alkalinity, temperature, aeration depth and flow rate.