Fall 2013

Biological Waste Treatment

16-375:531

 

Description

Advanced topics in the biological treatment of wastes, particularly wastewaters, with special emphasis on activated sludge.  Understanding and modeling of underlying mechanisms, relationships, and interactions, focusing on the microbial ecosystems involved, stressed as rational means to process management and optimization.

 

Prerequisites

Pollution Microbiology (375:510) or permission of instructor (based on knowledge of microbiology and/or waste treatment).

 

Schedule

Tuesdays, 9:15 am - 12:15 pm

Environmental & Natural Resource Sciences Building (ENR), Rm 223.

 

Instructor

Usual Office Hours

Peter F. Strom,  ENRSB 228

12-3 pm most days, but

phone:    848-932-5709

    appointment recommended

e-mail:    strom@aesop.rutgers.edu

(or drop by any time - at own risk!)

 

Outline

Attached

 

Text

Bibliography (References and Reading List) attached.

Optional: Vaccari, D.A., P.F. Strom, & J.E. Alleman. 2006. Environmental Biology for Engineers and Scientists. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York (available at Rutgers Cook-Douglass Bookstore; on reserve in Chang).

 

Selected Lecture PowerPoints

      The Microbiology of Activated Sludge Process Problems: Causes, Cures, and Controls

            Part 1

            Part 2

            Part 3

            Foaming

      Phosphorus

      Leaf Composting

      Bioremediation

      Biofilters

      Anaerobic Treatment

      Biofilms

 

Course Requirements (Tentative)

Readings - weekly; tentative list attached (with links; most available on-line).

Problem Sets - 6 (approx.), 50-100 points each.

      Assignment 1 results spreadsheet

      Assignments 2 and 4 simulation program

      Assignment 3 results spreadsheet

      ESIM program for assignment 6

Problem set 6 folder

Participation in class is expected.

Paper (optional) - critical review of an assigned report from literature.

Final Exam - during exam period, 250 points (12 noon, Monday, December 16, 2013).

Other exams/quizzes - Additional exams and/or quizzes may be given if appropriate.