Soil Vapor Extraction Using Radio Frequency Heating: Resource Manual and Technology Demonstration, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Soil Vapor Extraction Using Radio Frequency Heating

Resource Manual and Technology Demonstration, 1st Edition

By Donald F. Lowe, Carroll L. Oubre, C. H. Ward

CRC Press

360 pages

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pub: 1999-12-06
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One of the most widely used techniques for treating soils contaminated with volatile organic compounds, soil vapor extraction (SVE) can also be applied to semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs) if the soil is heated, by applying electromagnetic energy in the radio frequency (FR) range, to increase the vapor pressure of the contaminants. Although RF-SVE systems used in previous field demonstrations have had varying degrees of success, questions remain concerning its viability and cost-effectiveness.

Soil Vapor Extraction Using Radio Frequency Heating: Resource Manual and Technology Demonstration covers detailed scientific and engineering information that answers these questions. The book includes the necessary databases, equations, and example calculations for RF heating. The theoretical and practical information included will facilitate future testing of RF-SVE treatment of soils.

Additionally, the book provides information for a full-scale engineering design of potential RF-SVE applications. The authors use this information to examine predicted performance, magnitude of costs, and modifications to the design that may decrease cost. Soil Vapor Extraction Using Radio Frequency Heating: Resource Manual and Technology Demonstration gives an economic analysis of this innovative technology and considers other possible applications for it.


Table of Contents


Process Description

Site Identification

Project Overview

Measurement Procedures

Measurement Procedures for Characterizing the Matrix

Measurement Procedures for Monitoring Operating Parameters

Technology Demonstration


RF Heating

Demonstration Project Approach

Test Site Description

Procedures and Field Implementation

Demonstration Project Chronology

Demonstration Results


Design Recommendations

Engineering Design

Hypothetical Site Conditions

Treatment Systems

Process Equipment Performance Factors and Specifications

Heat Balances

Contaminant Mass Removal

Costs and Economic Analysis

Standardized Cost Breakdown

Economic Analysis Factors

Potential Applications

Performance Parameters

Potential Applications

Economic Factors

Regulatory Requirements

RF Heating in Conjunction with Other Technologies



Appendix A-Demonstration Mass Balance Calculations

Appendix B-Summary of Demonstration Recorded Data

Appendix C-Demonstration Heat Balance and Calculations

Appendix D-Demonstration RF Energy Data

Appendix E-Idealized Scenarios for Kirtland AFB RF-SVE Demonstration

Appendix F-Organic Compound Vapor Pressures

Appendix G-Partitioning Interwell Tracer Tests (PITT)

Appendix H-Engineering Drawings of Hypothetical Designs

Appendix I-Equipment Catalog Cut-Sheet References

Appendix J-Mass & Heat Balance Calculations for the Three Hypothetical Design Cases

Appendix K-Cost Estimates for the Three Hypothetical Case Design Cases

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / General