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thesis-msc

Advanced Oxidation Processes (AOP) for Landfill Leachate Treatment

Norwegian University of Technology Trondheim

Master

Details

Supervisor: Meyn, Thomas and Ambauen, Noemi
Department: Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering
Keywords: advanced oxidation processes, persistent organic pollutants, treatment, cold climate conditions
Time frame/ Semester: From March 2017 (flexible)

Description:

Project background

The discharge of landfill leachate to a water body is becoming more stringent in Norway by 2020 due to EU-legislation, making advanced effluent treatment necessary. Advanced oxidation processes (AOP) are investigated as a viable element, considering the landfill leachate characteristics as well as the given geographical and local conditions. A low BOD5/COD ratio, low average temperatures and limited space favour the application of an AOP instead of a biological treatment.

Research focus

Both, electrochemical oxidation (Figure 1) and ozonation are investigated in this project, focusing on oxidation of persistent organic pollutants. Degradation kinetics and pathways will be studied under cold climate conditions, in dependence on different treatment conditions. Another focus is the monitoring of hydroxyl- and other radicals during the oxidation process. Advanced analytical tools will be applied in the project, such as HPLC, GC/MS and Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR).

Student tasks

Students will be given an independent subtask within the project, there they are responsible for carrying out bench and lab-scale experiments, as well as relevant sample preparation and analysis.

thesis-msc

Organic matter utilization from rainwater collection system sludges

Cracow University of Technology

Master

Details

Supervisor: Rybicki SM, DSc,
Department: Environmental Engineering
Keywords: Sludge minimization, rainwater systems, circular solutions,
Time frame/ Semester: Spring 2018 (March-June 2018)

Description:

MSc thesis will focus on organic matter content in sludge from rainwater collection systems. These may carry contaminants from roads, yards, uncontrolled inflows which create significant problems with its handling, so usually it leads to receiving water contamination. The scope of the work is to perform laboratory tests on sludge collected at various discharge points, conducting its quality tests and propose solutions to solve problems. Option 1 will be respirometric tests to check whether this organics can be converted int a biogas (mixed with conventional sludges). Option 2 will be tests on chemical constituency of ashes from its combustion with respect to application as construction materials.

thesis-msc

2D numerical modelling of seepage field and stability of the levee cross-section including different engineering renovation solutions

Cracow University of Technology

Master

Details

Supervisor: PhD eng. Krzysztof Radzicki
Department: Faculty of Environmental Engineering,
Institute of Water Engineering and Water Management
Keywords: numerical modelling, stability, seepage, levee, safety
Time frame/ Semester: Spring 2017 (March-June 2017) or Autumn 2017

Description:

This project contains 2D numerical modelling of seepage field and stability of the levee cross-section and takes into consideration some different engineering solutions (impermeable barriers, drainage system) of this levee renovation as well modeling of actual (not modernized) levee state.
Modelling should be carried out in numerical modelling Zsoil software. Cracow University of Technology have professional license of this software as well students licenses to work out of our internal university network.

thesis-msc

Analysis of the influence of the spatial planning in the catchment, amount of the rainfall and the degree of sealing on the runoff using the geomorphological model raifall-runoff

Cracow University of Technology

Details

Supervisor: Elżbieta JAROSIŃSKA, PhD.
Department: Faculty of Environmental Engineering,
Keywords: urbanised catchment, rainfall hyetographs, rainfall-runoff model, land surface sealing, urban runoff
Time frame/ Semester: Spring 2017 (March-June 2017) or Autumn 2017

Description:

Urbanisation and climate change have significant impact on disturbing water balance in catchments. Uncontrolled urban development, increased land surface sealing, and increasingly appearing heavy rainfall cause local inundations called urban flooding.
The purpose of the work is the estimation of impact of amount of the rainfall and the degree of sealing on the runoff in the catchment using the geomorphological model raifall-runoff.

thesis-msc

Impact of traffic road on rainwater quality

Cracow University of Technology
Co operation MPWIK waterworks

Master

Details

Supervisor: Rybicki SM, DSc or Professor Cimochowicz M
Department: Faculty of Environmental Engineering,
Keywords: urainwater systems, heavy metals, water contamination
Time frame/ Semester: Summer 2018 (September 2018 – March 2019)

Description:
MSc thesis will focus on analysis of samples of rainwater from municipal system (separated type), addresses towards most typical contamination and its range. Special emphasis will be on heavy metals content . Optional will be analyses of oil-related products in such a rainwater instead of heavy metals. Selected oil-separating devices will be under student’s supervision to check real reliability of such facilities.