An Investigation into the Ultrasonic Treatment of Polluted Solids

Alan Newman, John P Lorimer, Timothy Mason, Kirsten Hutt

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Granular pieces of brick impregnated with copper oxide were used as a model for contaminated soil. Washing this model substrate by passing water across the substrate on an ultrasonically shaken tray irradiation afforded a 40% reduction in copper content. This was compared with only a 6% reduction when the sample was treated under otherwise identical conditions but using a tray shaken conventionally. The majority of the copper was removed as a result of the removal of surface materials which were more heavily contaminated with the copper oxide.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-156
Number of pages4
JournalUltrasonics Sonochemistry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1997


  • Ultrasound
  • Soil washing
  • Decontamination


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