Sustainable treatment of industrial and domestic waste: Fundamentals

lmapr2647  2022-2023  Louvain-la-Neuve

Sustainable treatment of industrial and domestic waste: Fundamentals
5.00 credits
30.0 h + 15.0 h
Françoisse Olivier; Luis Alconero Patricia; Noiset Olivier; Stenuit Benoît;
Main themes
  • Sustainability in the industry
  • Treatment methods and technology for gaseous effluents
  • Treatment methods and technology for liquid effluents (waste water)
  • Treatment methods and technology of solid waste
Learning outcomes

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 Given the AA of the program of "Master ingénieur civil en chimie et science des matériaux", this course contributes to the development, acquisition and evaluation of the following learning outcomes:
  • AA1.1,
  • AA2.1, AA2.2, AA2.3, AA2.4, AA2.8
More concretely, at the end of the course, the student will be able to :
  • understand and to explain the origin, the nature, the amounts and volumes of waste;
  • acquire a global view on basic concepts on the treatment and on the valorisation of residues;
  • propose and discuss suitable techniques to characterise critically the flows of effluents;
  • establish a strategy of treatment in the framework of environmental standards and of sustainable development;
  • integrate all the processes in a plant with a view toward their optimisation. 
This course is a basis course for a wide public of engineering and science students. Its main aim is to initiate the students to the methods of treatment of industrial and domestic effluents, either gaseous, liquid or solids. It shall also place the problem of waste, residue and effluent treatment in the scope of sustainable development.
The student will acquire knowledge on the main treatment methods that are used to process/recover/reuse streams in a gas, liquid or solid waste. The following topics will be discussed:

Cours 1. Introduction to sustainability in the industry (2 hours)
Cours 2.1a. Pollutants gas high T : Dust collectors (2 hours)
Cours 2.1b. Pollutants gas high T : Acid gas removal (2 hours)
Cours 2.1c. Pollutants gas high T : Acid gas removal (cont.) and micropollutants removal  (2 hours)
Cours 2.1d. Pollutants gas high T : NOx removal and CO2 capture & storage (2 hours)
Cours 2.2a. VOCs and Odours low T : Solvents and other VOCs  (2 hours)
Cours 2.2b. VOCs and Odours low T : Odours  (2 hours)
Cours 2.2c. Treatment techniques (2 hours)
Cours 3.1. Composition of wastewater (2 hours)
Cours 3.2. Primary wastewater treatment: Physic-chemical treatment (2 hours)
Cours 3.3a. Secondary wastewater treatment: Biological treatment I (2 hours)
Cours 3.3b. Secondary wastewater treatment: Biological treatment II (2 hours)
Cours 3.4a. Tertiary wastewater treatment: General technologies (2 hours)
Cours 3.4b. Tertiary wastewater treatment: Membrane technology (2 hours)
Cours 4.1. Solid waste treatment : Incineration (2 hours)
Cours 4.2. Solid waste treatment: Polymers (2 hours)
Cours 4.3. Specific waste (2 hours)
Teaching methods
Theory lessons and flipped classrooms on fundamentals of sustainability and the main treatment technology that is applied for gas, liquid and solid streams.
Evaluation methods
The students will be evaluated by means of a written exam unless the context requires otherwise. The exam involves reflection questions on the topics given during the course; the student will have to be able to evaluate a process and design the most appropriate treatment methods according to the knowledge acquired during the course. The exam is the 100% of the final mark.
Exercises are offered to the students, which could be considered for the final evaluation.
Other information
All the course material will be available in the Moodle platform. 
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Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Learning outcomes
Master [120] in Environmental Science and Management

Master [120] in Chemical and Materials Engineering

Interdisciplinary Advanced Master in Science and Management of the Environment and Sustainable Development

Master [120] in Chemistry and Bioindustries