Application of unit
operations and processes to the design of integrated wastewater
treatment plants; critical analysis of existing designs. Additional
projects/assignments required for graduate credit.
CE 431, or instructor permission
Wastewater Engineering: Treatment and Resource
Recovery, Metcalf & Eddy, 5th ed., McGraw-Hill, ISBN-10: 0073401188;
Coats, P.E., Ph.D.
OBJECTIVES & STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:
purpose of this course is to educate future civil engineers on the
current and anticipated future practices for the design, process
trouble-shooting, and operation of advanced water/wastewater treatment
facilities. Emphasis will be placed on integrating individual unit
operations and processes to achieve overall treatment objectives and to
satisfy given constraints. Upon successful completion of this course,
you should be able to:
Develop design criteria (e.g., mass and flow inputs; performance
requirements; general bulk/aggregate physical, chemical, biochemical,
and biological kinetic and stoichiometric parameters) necessary for the
preparation of designs for advanced water and wastewater treatment unit
operations and processes.
Analyze secondary and tertiary water and wastewater treatment
components and systems to determine overall process and individual unit
Troubleshoot process “failures.”
Complete basic designs for secondary and tertiary water and
wastewater treatment unit operations and processes, including system
layout and specification of equipment.
important philosophy I want you to embrace in this class is to immerse
yourself into the material such that you UNDERSTAND THE
FUNDAMENTALS rather than simply commit material to short-term
memory. In the long term you will realize significant benefits by
embracing this approach, both in your continued education and as
practicing engineers. And one last point: spelling, grammar, sentence
construction, and overall communications skills are vital areas for
success in engineering. Therefore, these will be considered in my
grading of your work. Proficiency, or lack thereof, could easily be the
difference in a final letter grade.
COVERED (may be modified and/or supplemented):
Bacterial metabolisms, growth, energetics, kinetics –
as related to biological processes employed in the treatment of
wastewater and recovery of resources from wastewater.
Suspended growth Biological Nutrient Removal (denitrification
and phosphorus removal)
Chemical phosphorus removal – including coagulation &
Fixed film Biological Nutrient Removal (nitrification) – Fixed Film
Sand Filtration/Membrane Filtration/Water Reuse
Sludge handling, Biosolids digestion (time allowing)
Biosolids Dewatering & Use/Residuals Mgt (time allowing)
Odor Control (time allowing)
Three semester credits. Three 50-minute lectures per week.