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Predicting Pollutant Spill Concentrations from Urban Drainage Schemes

Current sewer modelling software focuses on the quantity of flow within the system and is used to design for capacity. When such systems fail, spills occur and research is focusing on the spill concentrations and how these might be predicted. There is currently little information available describing the transport and mixing of soluble pollutants through urban drainage systems, specifically focussing on the effect of urban drainage structures: manholes, tanks, over flows and separators and how the mixing processes vary with size, shape, flow rate and surcharge. This project would utilize a computer controlled flow rig to undertake solute tracing studies aimed at developing algorithms to describe the mixing processes within components of urban drainage systems and spill concentrations.

For more information please contact Prof. Ian Guymer.