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SEN741 - Wastewater Treatment Processes

Unit details

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Enrolment modes:(G, X)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Unit chair:K Baskaran
Incompatible with:

SEN742 and SEN733

Contact hours:

1 x 2 hour lecture, 1 x 2 hour tutorial/lecture per week


Online teaching methods require internet access. Please refer to the most current computer specifications.


Topics to be covered in this unit include: introduction: wastewater systems, impact of regulations on wastewater engineering, health and environmental concerns, wastewater characteristics, wastewater treatment systems, new directions and concerns wastewater constituents: physical, inorganic and organic chemical and biological characteristics, constituents of concerns, sampling wastewater flow rates and constituent loadings; analysis of wastewater flow rate data, analysis of constituents mass loading data process analysis and selection: types of reactors; mass balance analysis; flow/mixing conditions in reactors; reactions and reaction rates; process selection, reaction kinetics, fundamentals of biological treatment: objectives, definitions, role of micro-organisms, composition and classification of micro-organisms, microbial growth kinetics, biomass growth and substrate utilisation, aerobic biological treatment processes: suspended growth processes: activated sludge process and its modifications; aerated lagoons; sequencing batch reactors; aeration theory and practice; attached growth processes: trickling filter, rotating biological contactors; aerobic bio-filters, combined aerobic processes; waste stabilisation ponds; biological nutrient removal processes; membrane bio-reactors, anaerobic biological treatment processes: process selection, process microbiology, kinetics and models, types of processes; anaerobic digesters, contact processes, (USAB), anaerobic bio-filters, fluidised bed reactors bio-solids treatment, disposal, and reuse: sources, characteristics, and quantities of sludge; sludge thickening: gravity and flotation; sludge digestion and process design; sludge dewatering: vacuum filtration, centrifugation, and filter presses; incineration; reuse and disposal of sludge; small and decentralised systems: alternative collection systems, lagoon treatment systems, wetland and aquatic treatment systems, land treatment systems, on-site systems, packaged plants.


Two assignments (15% each) 30%, examination 70%

Unit Fee Information

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