The condensation of SO3 vapor to detrimental acid-mist occurs only after substantial flue gas cooling, usually downstream from electrostatic precipitators. This condensation is an equilibrium process depending on gas temperature and water vapor pressure. Smelter plume opacity is related to acidmist and other sulfate aerosol particulate concentration through Mie particulate scattering theory. It is possible to estimate the amounts of sulfate particulate emissions and plume opacity, particularly those resulting from anticipated changes in smelter operations and flue gas treatment. These estimates can be used to determine compliance with current or anticipated regulations on smelter particulate emissions or plume opacity.
KeywordsMist Electrostatic Precipitator Particulate Mass Concentration Reverberatory Furnace Waste Heat Boiler
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