Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Truax, Dennis D.

Committee Member

Estes, Trudy J.

Committee Member

Martin, James L.

Committee Member

Gude, Veera Gnaneswar

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Civil Engineering

Degree Name

Master of Science


James Worth Bagley College of Engineering


Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


A passive treatment alternative for the removal of metal and organic contaminants from runoff and effluent in CDFs was evaluated in this study. Activated carbon impregnated curtains have been used for different remediation projects; however, very little research has been conducted to understand its sorption behavior, breakthrough time, and exhaustion time of contaminants under high flow rates characteristic of CDF runoff and effluent. The major objectives of this study were to evaluate the efficiency of the curtain in removing contaminants from a synthetic effluent in a flow through regime and estimate the expected life of the curtains. Equilibrium tests, batch sorption tests and column tests were conducted to evaluate the feasibility of this alternative. The copper column tests showed that the curtain is not efficient in the removal of metals; whereas, the Aroclor1016 column tests showed that the curtains could potentially be used as a treatment alternative for organic contaminants.



activated carbon||runoff treatment||effluent treatment||FilterMat||confined disposal facilities