Masters Theses


Chin-Ming Pai


"The purposes of this research were to study the oxygen transfer rates and the oxygen transfer efficiencies of different types of aerators using different sources of oxygen in different types of water bodies, and to evaluate the number of diffusers required to be installed in a selected lake for hypolimnion aeration.

The experiments were conducted using a specially designed column. Four types of aerators, including a cylindrical stone diffuser, a spherical stone diffuser, and 2 ceramic diffusers (types A and B) which differed in pore size, were utilized as the aerators. The water bodies selected for the studies were Rolla tap water, Bray's Lake water, and Frisco Pond water. Air and pure oxygen were the two sources of oxygen studied.

The oxygen transfer rates and efficiencies of the ceramic diffusers were found to be greater than those of the stone diffusers. Ceramic diffuser type B was the best aerator tested. For a given type of diffuser, a higher transfer rate was generated when pure oxygen was used instead of air.

Hypolimnion aeration of Bray’s Lake using the diffusers studied in this research was feasible. The number of diffuser units required for hypolimnion aeration may be minimized if ceramic diffuser type B were employed when air was used, or if ceramic diffuser type A were operated when pure oxygen was utilized for aeration"--Abstract, page ii.


Jennett, J. Charles

Committee Member(s)

Grigoropoulos, Sotirios G.
Johnson, James W., 1930-2002


Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Civil Engineering


United States. Office of Water Resources Research


University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date



vii, 92 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 70-72).

Geographic Coverage

Rolla (Mo.)


© 1972 Chin-Ming Pai, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

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Library of Congress Subject Headings

Water -- Aeration -- Research
Lakes -- Aeration -- Missouri -- Rolla
Ponds -- Missouri -- Rolla

Thesis Number

T 2839

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Funded by the Allotment Program of the Office of Water Resources Research grant no. A-053-MO


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