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Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee

Biological process design for wastewater treatment

Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee and NPTEL via Swayam


ABOUT THE COURSE: This course is for Engineers and Scientists working towards the control of pollution from municipal and industrial wastewater. Considering the expectation of the Industries for wastewater pollution control in their premises to comply With newer and more stringent laws and acts being enforced in India and globally, wastewater treatment for effluent generated from industries has become highly challenging. This course introduces the principles of biological methods to control wastewater pollution. The course will be presented in a logical manner with several numerical problems and case studies. The topics to be covered include (but not limited to): biological treatment fundamentals, wastewater characterization, bacterial growth kinetics and reactor hydraulics, aeration and sedimentation. aerobic and anaerobic suspended and attached growth biological treatment processes, sludge management, and sustainability in wastewater treatment plant design.INTENDED AUDIENCE: Undergraduate, postgraduate and Ph.D. students of Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, and Environmental Chemistry


Week 1:Biological treatment fundamentals: Microbiology and ecology, Fundamentals of Biochemical Operations; Conversion processes of organic and inorganic matter. Wastewater characterization;Week 2:Modeling of biological treatment processes: Stoichiometry, reaction and bacterial growth kinetics; reactor hydraulics. Mass and heat balanceWeek 3:Aeration and sedimentation. Classification of biological treatment Processes. Biological nitrification, denitrification, and phosphorus removalWeek 4:Aerobic Biological Treatment Processes: Aerated lagoon, activated sludge systems, trickling filter, rotating disc reactors; sequential batch reactor..Week 5:Anaerobic Biological Treatment Processes: UASB, and hybrid UASB reactors, biotowers.Week 6:Advanced Biological Wastewater Treatment: Fluidized bed bioreactors; Membrane bioreactors (MBRs); Moving bed biofilm reactor (MBBR), biological nitrogen removalWeek 7:Sludge Management: Sludge characteristics, production, stabilization; thickening and dewatering; pathogen removal; sludge transformation and disposal methodsWeek 8 Sustainability in wastewater treatment plant designing; greater water availability; lower energy and chemical consumption; resource recovery. Case studies on biological wastewater treatment

Taught by

Prof. Vimal Chandra Srivastava



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