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Leachability of trace elements from two stabilized low lime Indian fly ashes

Sivapullaiah, Puvvadi V and Baig, Arif Ali M (2010) Leachability of trace elements from two stabilized low lime Indian fly ashes. In: Environmental Earth Sciences, 61 (8). pp. 1735-1744.

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Fly ash is a waste by-product obtained from the burning of coal by thermal power plants for generating electricity. When bulk quantities are involved, in order to arrest the fugitive dust, it is stored wet rather than dry. Fly ash contains trace concentrations of heavy metals and other substances in sufficient quantities to be able to leach out over a period of time. In this study an attempt was made to study the leachabilities of a few selected trace metals: Cd, Cu, Cr, Mn, Pb and Zn from two different types of class F fly ashes. Emphasis is also laid on developing an alternative in order to arrest the relative leachabilities of heavy metals after amending them with suitable additives. A standard laboratory leaching test for combustion residues has been employed to study the leachabilities of these trace elements as a function of liquid to solid ratio and pH. The leachability tests were conducted on powdered fly ash samples before and after amending them suitably with the matrices lime and gypsum; they were compacted to their respective proctor densities and cured for periods of 28 and 180 days. A marked reduction in the relative leachabilities of the trace elements was observed to be present at the end of 28 days. These relative leachability values further reduced marginally when tests were performed at the end of 180 days.

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Keywords: Leachability; Trace elements; L/S ratio; pH; Curing period; Pozzolanic reactivity
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Civil Engineering
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2010 08:29
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2010 08:29
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/33671

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