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Advanced Water Treatment Design (ENG603)

Organisational Unit Engineering and Energy
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description In this unit students, individually and as members of a design team, develop alternative technological solutions to a real-world, multi-component, contaminated water problem and then recommend the most appropriate treatment strategy based on the integration of a combination of technical, economic, environmental, and social considerations. Each year a new real-world design problem will be selected and the unit outcome will be a remedial design and feasibility study presented in written and oral form for the resolution of the problem.
Unit Learning Outcomes The completion of this unit enables students to
1. Comparatively select and triage individual water treatment technologies as to first-level project applicability based on specific contaminated site characteristics, previous understanding of treatment technologies, and research of potential new technologies.
2. Critically research, evaluate, reduce, and utilize raw field characterization data to develop the input data necessary to simulate the remedial efficacy of different water treatment technologies.
3. Gain mastery of commercial-level, technology performance simulation models through independent research, model manipulation, and testing of theoretical/conceptual expectations.
4. Research, critically evaluate, and incorporate recent technological developments relevant to resolution of the contaminated site problem.
5. Translate conceptual design decisions into practical hardware choices which are subsequently costed to allow whole-life economic analyses of the alternative remedial solutions developed.
6. Apply and communicate professional best practice methods to analysis and resolution of a complex, multi-dimensional, poorly constrained, real-world, contaminated water site.
7. Research, critically evaluate, and determine applicability of site dependent procedural and regulatory standards which impact selection of the site remediation plan.
8. As per professional practice, communicate the remedial plan process, recommendations and limitations to an audience representative of the stakeholder diversity.
9. Function effectively in a team environment to dissect and solve a complex problem that would be impractical to resolve individually.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 2 hours per week; workshops: 1 hour per week.
Unit Learning Experiences * Exposure to and interrogation of engineering-grade site characterization documents.
* Conducting a literature and policy search for relevant criteria, performance indicators, technology attributes, and monitoring and compliance policies relevant to a site-specific RI/FS project.
* Initial and subsequent refinement selections of technologies potentially applicable to a particular contaminated site's remediation.
* Apply and model mass balances, reactor design analysis, chemical kinetics, and mass transport concepts to treatment processes of interest to site remediation.
* Simulation and quantification of common chemical reactions and mass and energy transfer phenomena embodied in the various treatment technologies.
* Familiarisation with both mechanistic and empirical model simulations of the function of selected contaminant remediation technologies.
* Familiarisation with accessing and understanding the basic commercial products and process components available for implementation of a remedial technology treatment system.
* Critical review of and information extraction from commonly utilized engineering resources such as research journal articles, databases and parameter compilations, handbooks of practice, case studies, etc.
* Communication in oral and written forms of technical information and decision rationale to lay, professional, and peer audiences.
* Group work for the analyses, method development, design, simulation, comparative evaluation, and decision resolution phases a RI/FS project.
Assessment The learning and assessment strategies are based on the student's understanding and facility in applying the principles, simulation tools and material reviews to select the appropriate material and its operational
specifications to achieve given contaminant removal objectives. Therefore in assessments students must provide the rationale and quantitative calculations supporting choice, scale, and application specification of water treatment materials. Group as well as individual work will be assessed. Verbal feedback by tutors during teamwork is available to improve the assessed tasks.
Prerequisites Successful completion of ENG510 Physicochemical Water Treatment Operations and ENG515 Biological Water Treatment Operations (or their equivalent with permission from the unit coordinator).
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Master of Engineering (ME)
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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Dr Vishnu Ravisankar

Murdoch Campus
e: Vishnu.Ravisankar@murdoch.edu.au
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MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Vishnu Ravisankar

Murdoch Campus
e: Vishnu.Ravisankar@murdoch.edu.au
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