Academy cadet question here:
In a effort to control invasive species such as zebra mussels generated from ship discharge, what is the current best practice and what additional safeguards would you recommend?
Don’t answer the question for me but tell me why my idea is wrong.
I am aware of chemical control methods such as liquid chlorine or quaternary ammonium injection, however these have environmental side affects. I’d like to suggest oxidizing agents with no residual consequences.
What I am thinking of is a hydrogen peroxide injection system immediately upstream of an high intensity UV irradiation array. The only byproduct would be H2O, O2 and warm water. If the flow can be properly regulated to insure sufficient contact time, the kill ratio should be near 100%. The beauty of this is the synergistic effect of irradiating H2O2 creates a order or magnitude of greater oxidizing potential.
Possible inhibitor would be high TSS or oil fouling. I think this could be controlled with a properly sized oil/water separator.
What I am proposing is an environmentally benign bilge water disinfectant system.
I ask you real engineers - is this concept at all practical?