Both processes are generally applicable to organic materials. They have somewhat different advantages and disadvantages:
Wet air oxidation does not perform a complete mineralization. The high organic content of the effluent water will require further processing (e.g., biological treatment).
Corrosion is expected to be a severe problem with both technologies, requiring control by suitable choice of material and/or control of pH. Corrosion is a particular problem with supercritical water oxidation, where pH control has thus far led to plugging problems.
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"Appendix D: Supercritical Water Oxidation and Wet Air Oxidation."
Recommendations for the Disposal of Chemical Agents and Munitions.
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