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Journal of Zhejiang University SCIENCE B 2005 Vol.6 No.8 P.708-718


Experimental approaches and analytical technique for determining heavy metals in fallen dust at ferrosilicon production factory in Edfu, Aswan, Egypt


Affiliation(s):  Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science at Aswan, South Valley University, Egypt; more

Corresponding email(s):   mesoltan@hotmail.com

Key Words:  Air pollution, Dust, Heavy metals, Fallen dust

SOLTAN M.E., RAGEH H.M., RAGEH N.M., AHMED M.E.. Experimental approaches and analytical technique for determining heavy metals in fallen dust at ferrosilicon production factory in Edfu, Aswan, Egypt[J]. Journal of Zhejiang University Science B, 2005, 6(8): 708-718.

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In this study aimed to evaluate the pollution extent of metals and nonmetals inside and outside the ferrosilicon production factory in Edfu, Aswan, Egypt, raw materials (quartz, cokes, iron oxides), ferrosilicon alloy, silica fume, dust and suspended dust (at different sites) samples were collected from the factory, and fallen dust samples were collected from outside the factory, horizontally (at different sites and different distance and directions) and vertically (at different floors in the selected buildings). Gravimetric methods, X-ray fluorescence (XRF), flame photometer, wide range carbon determinator and atomic absorption spectroscopy tools were used for elements determination. The results indicating that the fallen dust and its element contents on southern factory walls being higher than those on eastern factory walls may be due to the nature of the dusts and effects of wind force and wind direction. Fallen dust levels in different regions outside the factory were found to be affected by the distance, direction and floors. The nature of dust samples was affected by gravity and the suspended dust in different factory units depended on the work capacity and method of handling materials by personnel in different production units. Silica fume was a complicated problem, had dangerous effect against the workers’ health, and was characterized by high concentrations of SiO2 (90.6%~93.6%) and heavy metals (Mn, 420.6×10−6~520.3×10−6; Fe, 2354×10−6~2685×10−6; Co, 80.7×10−6~101.6×10−6 and Ni, 5.3×10−6~6.05×10−6). The TSP (Total Suspended Particulate) levels in all factory units were higher than the recommended air quality value (70 μg/m3) under Egyptian law. The effect of ferrosilicon factory fallen dust on the surrounding regions decreased with increasing distance between the factory and these regions. The suspended dust samples in the factory units and their components greatly exceeded national and international standards, so health and environmental criteria must be enforced on these units.

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