Table of Contents
Journal of Waste Management
Volume 2013, Article ID 278618, 7 pages
Research Article

Development of a Technology for Treating Wastewater Contaminated with Nitric Acid

1Study Center of Applied Chemistry, Central University “Marta Abreu” of Las Villas, Highway to Camajuaní Km 5.5, 54830 Santa Clara, Villa Clara, Cuba
2Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy, Central University “Marta Abreu” of Las Villas, 54830 Santa Clara, Villa Clara, Cuba

Received 19 March 2013; Accepted 3 June 2013

Academic Editor: Nigel J. Horan

Copyright © 2013 Liz Mabel Ríos Hidalgo et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The production process of nitroaromatic hazardous compounds, with the generation of acidic wastewater, represents a significant danger for the health and safety of the workers and the environment. The present study is focused on the development of an efficient installation to treat acidic wastewater resulting from the synthesis process of nitroaromatic compound, considering workers safety and environmental criteria. In this research, a detailed study of the different alternatives that can be used for effective and safe treatment of acidic wastewater was performed. The analysis of several technological schemes for the acidic wastewaters neutralization and the selection of the most feasible alternative from a technical-economic point of view were carried out. The simulation and mathematical modeling developed in this research represent a significant advance in the knowledge of this process for working in a much more secure form. The technological scheme of the process was defined, and the design of the main and auxiliary equipment as well as the piping system was carried out using different computational programs. Finally, this paper proposes a technological design for the treatment of acidic wastewater generated by the production process of nitroaromatic compound, which represents the basic criteria for the further design, construction, and equipment installation of the plant.