Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Martin, L. James

Committee Member

Magbanua, S. Benjamin

Committee Member

Bricka, Mark R.

Committee Member

McAnally, H. William

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Civil Engineering

Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.)


James Worth Bagley College of Engineering


Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


This thesis explores the development of direct electrochemical reduction as a means of providing primary treatment of hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5-triazine (RDX) in a manufacturing process waste stream. An industrial process wastewater laden with RDX was successfully treated in small batch reactors. Reaction kinetics were used to design a proof of concept bench scale flow reactor that utilized parallel packed electrode plates. Following successful testing of this reactor, a pilot scale packed electrode flow reactor was built. The reactor performance as a function of residence time was fit by a first order decay equation. Greater than 97% reduction of RDX in a process wastewater was observed at a reactor residence time of 27 minutes. The work presented herein was successful in creating an electrochemical treatment system capable of removing RDX from an industrial process waste stream with no chemical addition, and without creating an additional hazardous waste stream.