ENGRCEE 163 Wastewater Treatment Process Design (2017-2018)

ENGRCEE 163 Wastewater Treatment Process Design

(Not required for any major. Selected Elective for CE and EnE. Elective for ChE.)
Catalog Data:

ENGRCEE 163 Wastewater Treatment Process Design (Credit Units: 4) Process design for wastewater treatment. Topics include solids separation, biological treatment, aeration, sludge stabilization, process control and economics. Design projects included. Materials fee. Prerequisite: ENGRCEE 160 . Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering majors have first consideration for enrollment. (Design units: 4)

Required Textbook:
Recommended Textbook:

Henze, van Loosdrecht, Ekama and Brdjanovic. Biological Wastewater Treatment, IWA Publishing, 2008. ISBN: 9781843391883

MWH. Water Treatment: Principles and Design, 2nd Edition, Wiley, 2005.

Diego Rosso
Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Design individual aerobic and anaerobic unit processes.

2. Select the optimal process among several alternatives to meet given performance specifications.

3. Devise control strategies maintain process performance in biological systems.

4. Design a full process system by integrating several unit processes.

5. Perform a summary analysis of process economics and carbon footprint.

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Elementary Fluid Mechanics
  • Environmental Processes
  • Chemical and Biological Reactors
  • Mass Balance Analysis
  • Elementary Statistics
Lecture Topics:
  • Project design and implementation (Week 1)
  • Aeration process analysis (Week 2)
  • Aeration design (Week 3)
  • Activated sludge design for carbon oxidation (Week 4)
  • Activated sludge design for nutrient removal (Week 5)
  • Biofilm process design (Week 6)
  • Anaerobic process design (Week 7)
  • Carbon footprint analysis (Week 8)
  • Process failure analysis (Week 9)
  • Project presentations (Week 10)
Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture and 1 hour of discussion each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

Ability to use spreadsheets, program in Matlab or a spreadsheet platform, and graphically plot datasets. Process model simulator MOSTforWATER WEST (optional).

Laboratory Projects:


Professional Component

Contributes to the design experience and Engineering Topics courses of Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering majors.

Design Content Description

The students apply the Design Process, as defined by ABET, in the context of water and waste water treatment. They are introduced to a preliminary design of a biological treatment system.

Lectures: 100%
Laboratory Portion:
Grading Criteria:
  • Homework: 60%
  • Final report: 40%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 4.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 4.0 credit units

August 23, 2017
Senate Approved:
January 12, 2016
Approved Effective:
2016 Fall Qtr