Aqueous Systems Technology (IChemE Approved)

Course Location Manchester
Cost £1685
Type of course in situ
Course provider The University of Manchester
Available dates for this course

Please contact The University of Manchester directly for a current list of course dates

Course Outline
The course is built around a design project for a municipal wastewater treatment works. You work through the stages of the project from your first encounter with the flow and composition data to your final design checks and are introduced to the issues and technology of water treatment generally and wastewater treatment in particular.

The project takes you in stages through flow and load analysis, through consent analysis, to the development of a design strategy and process selection. Once your design strategy is settled you are guided through the analysis of pilot plant data and on to the process design of the principal plant items.

Design algorithms for a range of process technologies including coagulation, flocculation, flotation, sedimentation, suspended growth processes (activated sludge) and attached growth processes (trickling filters etc.) are developed for you to apply to your design. Finally you are introduced to a range of design checks designed to confirm the validity of some of the assumptions you made along the way.

Alongside the project a further range of technologies is discussed which find application in more specialised water treatment processes such as potable, boiler feed or process water production and in the processing of water treatment residues.

What can you expect to learn?
• Techniques for the statistical analysis and presentation of flow and composition data collected in the field
• About the European Union legislation relating to the treatment of wastewater and its discharge into the environment
• How to synthesise a design strategy for a wastewater treatment process including the initial selection of suitable technologies
• Some of the techniques and pitfalls of pilot plant data analysis
• How to carry out the process design of a range of equipment relevant to the treatment of water and wastewater
• How to check your designs and avoid some of the pitfalls

Who will benefit most?
The course will appeal to those supervising, conducting or with a particular interest in water treatment process and equipment design. It will provide valuable context for those managing, engaged in or interested in water or wastewater treatment plant operation.

It will be of interest to those involved or interested in the regulation of wastewater discharges, giving them valuable insights into the design and therefore operational limitations of the processes they seek to regulate.

To obtain the greatest benefit from this unit you will need to be mathematically competent to a standard equivalent to ‘A’ level. You will need to be comfortable with algebra and have some understanding of differential calculus and integration. You will also require a basic grounding in statistics, particularly the normal and log normal distributions and centiles of data sets. The process engineering concept of the mass balance should also be familiar to you.

Attend the University of Manchester for one week of lectures, seminars and small group discussions. Course material is also available electronically for you to study in your own time.

For an application form please email: or telephone + 44 (0)161 306 8845

School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science, The University of Manchester, PO Box 88,
M60 1QD
United Kingdom
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