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Conversion of municipal and industrial refuse into useful materials by pyrolysis.
Sanner-WS; Ortuglio-C; Walters-JG; Wolfson-DE
NTIS: PB 194 946, 1970; :1-14
Pyrlolysis (destructive distillation) techniques developed at the Bureau of Mines to determine the yield and quality of the products from coal were used to convert municipal (household) and industrial refuse into potentially useful solids, liquids, and gases without adding to environmental pollution. The tests demonstrated that a ton of municipal refuse can be converted into 154 to 424 pounds of solid residue, 0.5 to 6 gallons of tar, 1 to 4 gallons of light oil, 97 to 133 gallons of liquor, 16 to 32 pounds of ammonium sulfate, and 7,380 to 18,058 cubic feet of gas. A ton of industrial refuse, consisting of paper, rags, and cardboard, can be converted to 618 to 838 pounds of residue, 1.5 to 3 gallons of light oil, 68 to 75 gallons of liquor, 12 to 23 pounds of ammonium sulfate, and 9,270 to 14,065 cubic feet of gas. The energy from the gas is more than sufficient to provide the heat for the pyrolysis.
Pyrolysis; Coal mining; Coal processing; Coal products; Waste treatment; Tars; Oils; Industrial wastes
IH; Report of Investigation
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NTIS: PB 194 946
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