An in situ ozone generator design based on a novel type of corona discharge tube construction was tested to examine enhancements in mass transfer and ozonation efficiency over conventional systems. In this design, the discharge gap is kept juxtaposed to the tubular pathway through which the treatment fluid is passed. A porous inner electrode tube is employed in the discharge tube, and the generated ozone diffuses through this porous tube and dissolves and reacts with the contaminants in the fluid that is being treated. The inner porous ceramic tube is grounded while the outer glass electrode is positively charged for corona discharge. Oxidation studies conducted on Reactive Blue 19 dye indicate that the time required for 90% color removal is about half that of a conventional ozone generation and bubble diffusion system at the same ozone dosage.

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