Urban water infrastructure

From smarter delivery systems, to remediating and purifying wastewater and understanding the impacts of climate change and population growth on water supply – our research focus takes in the entire water cycle, providing effective, efficient infrastructure.

Our unique combination of skills in separations science and engineering, integrated urban water infrastructure modelling and control, and water quality modelling gives us comprehensive, world-leading capabilities in urban water and infrastructure management. This is relevant to both emerging ‘super-cities’ and remote locations like Antarctica’s Davis Station.

In processing, for example, our fundamental knowledge of particles, membranes and biological digestion combines with unique rheological and solid-liquid separation characterisation and modelling tools to influence water purification and wastewater treatment systems.

Wastewater is a problem that also presents opportunities, which we are investigating, for the reclamation of resources, including the water itself, energy, and nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus and salts.

Research is also focused on contaminant transport, its impact on water systems, and remediation of contaminated land and groundwater. Our group also has broad expertise in the use of polymeric membranes for water treatment applications.

Capabilities

  • Solid-liquid separation of particulate suspensions
  • Chemical removal from contaminated water supplies
  • Water and wastewater treatment sludge handling
  • Modelling centralised-decentralised systems and their interactions
  • Demand forecasting, water–energy–greenhouse gas nexus
  • Contaminant, transport and remediation
  • Stream water quality modelling
  • Microfiltration, ultrafiltration, nanofiltration, reverse osmosis
  • Forward osmosis, membrane distillation, electrodialysis, electrophoresis
  • Impact of bacterial growth on water infrastructure

Theme leaders

Dr Anthony Strickland
Solid–liquid separation, suspension rheology

Dr Meenakshi Arora
Urban water cycle modeling, contaminant fate and transport

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