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Wet Oxidation

It is the oxidation of dissolved or suspended components in water using oxygen as the oxidizing agent. The oxidation reactions occur in superheated water at a temperature between 100 C and 374 C. The system must be maintained under pressure to avoid excessive evaporation of water. This is done to control energy consumption due to the latent heat of vaporization. It is also done because liquid water is necessary for most of the oxidation reactions to occur. Compounds oxidize under wet oxidation conditions that would not normally oxidize under dry conditions at the same temperature and pressure.

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