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On-line monitoring of water quality parameters

Benson, Richard Lynn


Richard Lynn Benson


Paul Worsfold


Chapter one summarises the development of UK legislation for the protection of the aquatic environment, and highlights current EC legislative requirements for water quality. The need for on-line water quality monitoring and the alternative instrumental approaches to it are discussed, together with the philosophy of "easy care instrumentation" and water industry requirements for online analysers. A simple spectrophotometric FI system is proposed for the on-line determination of a range of water quality parameters.

The following chapter details instrumentation used in the FI system, emphasising the solid-state photometric detector.

Development of an FI manifold for the determination of aluminium in potable and treated waters is covered in the next chapter. The method, based on complexation of aluminium with pyrocatechol violet is compared with a standard Driscoll procedure. Details of the construction and testing of a fully automated FI instrument are also given.

Chapter four describes the development of a modular automated FI monitor with a PC compatible STEbus based computer system. Successful operation of this monitor is illustrated by its application to the determination of residual coagulants (aluminium and iron). Full details of software routines for control, processing and validation are given together with results from a tap water trial for dissolved aluminium.

The FI determination of residual iron by its complexation with ferene S, and the application of the optimised method in the STEbus based monitor is detailed in chapter five.

In the final chapter the use of on-line FI oxidation procedures for the determination of dissolved organic carbon are examined. The oxidation of a wide range of organic species to carbon dioxide using a silver catalysed persulphate reaction, enhanced with UV irradiation and a stopped-flow procedure is described. The sequential determination of inorganic and organic carbon without separation of the fractions is also investigated.


Benson, R. L. (1991). On-line monitoring of water quality parameters. (Thesis). University of Hull. Retrieved from

Thesis Type Thesis
Deposit Date Mar 31, 2014
Publicly Available Date Feb 23, 2023
Keywords Water; Pollution; Sewage; Chemistry
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Additional Information Department of Chemistry, The University of Hull
Award Date Nov 1, 1991


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© 1991 Benson, Richard Lynn. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written permission of the copyright holder.

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