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Why study Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Sydney

Undergraduate

Our Major Industrial Project Placement Scheme (MIPPS) program places some of our highest achieving students studying either an undergraduate engineering degree or Master of Professional Engineering in industry placements with leading industry companies during their final year of studies.

2023 Project Summaries

Asset Health of Water Distribution Pipes (Sydney Water)

Student:  Sophie Luker
Academic Supervisor:  Professor Marjorie Valix

This project developed the framework for defining an asset health index (AHI) for Sydney Water’s pipe network. AHI is an asset score that infers the asset condition and likely performance based on physical, environmental and operational parameters. The implementation of AHI is carried out as a strategic approach in proactive management of water assets. 

Upgrade and Test the Cost of Goods Process Model (VOW)

Student:  Simon Lin
Academic Supervisor:  Professor Fariba Dehghani

The project identified best ways to lower costs in cultured meat production by conducting a techno-economic analysis. We algorithmically identified optimal parameters and accelerated decision making on the investment, installation and commissioning of a stainless steel reactor system. The techno-economic analysis (TEA) was also upgraded by developing software-to-software interfaces for enhanced accessibility.

Carbon Dosing for Nitrogen Removal (Orange City Council)

Student: Kiri Mitchell
Academic Supervisor: Fengwang Li

'Carbon Dosing for Nitrogen Removal' with Orange City Council aimed to decrease effluent nitrates from the Orange Wastewater Treatment Plant by adding external carbon (glycerol) as a supplemental energy source for denitrifying bacteria. The trial concluded that glycerol is not viable as a carbon source for the plant, as there were no significant improvements in nitrogen removal.

Developing Water and Energy Efficient Ultrafiltration Processes (DuPont Memcor)

Student: Marcus Seki
Academic Supervisor: David Wang

Wastewater treatment (WWT) has been reported to account for up to 3% of global energy usage. This project with DuPont Memcor explored energy savings in WWT using state-of-the-art ultrafiltration membrane bioreactor (MBR) technology. Testing and modelling energy consumption of pilot and full-scale MBRs showed significant capital and energy reductions could be achieved.

Develop an ASPEN model of the Flare Headers at Olefines and Port Botany (Qenos)

Student: Eirini Harakidas
Academic Supervisor: Jun Huang

This project involved using ASPEN Flare System Analyser to model the flare header system at the Olefines plant, and then test the model's performance in the cooling water failure scenario. A first rendition of the model was completed, and it showed promising results for the simulation of Olefines' most severe flare release scenario.

Investigation of treatment options for treated water metals control (TRILITY)

Student: Justin Feng
Academic Supervisor: Annalisa Contos

Extreme rainfall during 2022 led to elevated aluminium in the raw and treated water at the Macarthur Water Filtration Plant. TRILITY required a solution to reduce the treated water aluminium without compromise to normal operation and other water treated water quality parameters. Lab-scale plant simulations determined that a reduction to the coagulation pH is a simple yet effective method for reducing aluminium in the treated water. Chemical dosages were estimated through experimental and modelling methods that enabled economic analysis of the project. 

Mineral deposits - review and feasibility study (Coporate Carbon)

Student: Abraham Takriti
Academic Supervisor: Tim Langrish

A thorough review of Corporate Carbon's land and mineral assets indicates significant potential to arrange compensation agreements with miners - estimated to be in the region of $37,500.00 across 19 permits in Northern Territory (NT) and Northern Queensland (NQLD). This region is also host to Stringybark and Ironwood tree species, which show potential for commercial timber production by means of selectively harvesting forestry. To a lesser extent, geological sequestration techniques may be applicable with the dolerite deposits found on Ban Ban Springs, NT - however this deposit should initially be reviewed by a geologist.

Postgraduate