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Project No 4528
Assessing granular activated carbon capacity for algal taste and odour removal: Development of a predictive tool
Prof Richard Stuetz firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Arash Zamyadi email@example.com
Dr Rita Henderson firstname.lastname@example.org
Water supply can be impacted by algal and taste and odour (T&O) events. Granular/biological activated carbon (GAC/BAC) is often applied to remove algal and taste and odour compound following conventional water treatment.
This research project will address the following knowledge gaps:
• The ability to monitor the adsorptive capacity of aged granular activated carbon (GAC) contactors to control an algal and/or cyanobacterial related taste and odour (T&O) event;
• The ability to assess the biofilm formation on the GAC surface and the associated capacity for biological removal of the T&O event;
• The potential for application of pre-oxidation processes to enhance biofilm formation and improve biological activated carbon (BAC) removal capacity;
• The development of a model to predict when granular activated carbon contactors reach exhaustion in terms of T&O removal.
The research will take place over three years and includes lab-scale testing of GAC "mini-columns" to predict fullscale contactor breakthrough, full height pilot-scale GAC adsorption filters located at Yan Yean Water Treatment Plant, Melbourne Water and full scale validation – subject to treatment plant operation. The results will be used to develop and test a model of GAC adsorption and biological removal of T&O compounds that predicts contaminant breakthrough. Transferability of the model to other source waters and GAC conditions will be the focus of the model development process.
Engineering/science background preferred with a strong intereste in the waer industry. Demonstratable excellent communication and problem solving skills. Experience of working in a laboratory, ideally with experience in water quality monitoring and water treatment. An undergraduate degree in Civil/Environmental or Chemical Engineering is preferred.
If you are interested in the above project, contact the supervisor to discuss your suitability to the project. Students must enrol and secure a primary scholarship at UNSW. Check the UNSW website for due dates for enrolment and scholarship submissions. If your experience is deemed suitable and you are successful on obtaining a primary scholarship, please submit a WaterRA application form.
The student will be based primarily at UNSW, however will be required to spend approximately one year with Melbourne Water.
Project No XXXX-XX
Full project proposal can be found here