Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Civil and Environmental Engineering


Engineering, Environmental.


Bewtra, J. K.,




An innovative in-situ remedial technology, soil vapour extraction (SVE), was simulated in the laboratory. Two types of soil, a sandy soil and an organic top soil, were packed into 1 m tall and 100 mm diameter stainless steel columns. Benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene, known collectively as BTEX, were added to the soils individually and as a mixture. Before addition to the soils, all contaminants were added to water, to achieve a concentration of 150 mg/L. The conditions simulated in this set-up were similar to those found in a gasoline contaminated soil that has undergone sufficient vapour stripping to remove the separate, non-aqueous, contaminate phase or a contaminant plume that has leached from a gasoline spill. Three flow rates, 1.5, 3.0 and 6.0 L/h were used for each of nine sets of experiments. The four BTEX components were stripped individually and as a mixture, from sandy soil using dry air. Toluene was stripped, from sandy soil using moisture-saturated air also. In the final three experiments, the organic soil contaminated individually with, benzene, toluene and xylene was stripped. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1997 .H54. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 37-01, page: 0330. Advisers: J. K. Bewtra; N. Biswas. Thesis (M.A.Sc.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1997.