Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering School Opens Reverse Osmosis Teaching Rig

25 November 2011

RO plant

RO plant

The School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Sydney held the official opening of the Reverse Osmosis Teaching Rig on the 18th of November 2011. The rig is designed to desalinate up to 600 litres per second of brackish water, using reverse osmosis membranes. The conceptual design of the rig was completed by Dr Chiew Wong of MWH Global, the membranes donated by Hydranautics with Schneider Electric donating the VSD, PLC and Touchscreen interface.

Additional funding for the rig was provided by the University's Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology via a Teaching Improvement Equipment Scheme grant awarded to Dr John Kavanagh, Professor Hans Coster and the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

Construction of the rig was conducted by Dr Bogumil Eichstaedt and Alex Massey, with instrumentation apprentices from Endeavour Energy, Nathan Campbell and Peter McKinlay, doing much of the control wiring. The PLC was programmed by Harry Chan and Daniel Hancock from Schneider Electric.

The School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering gratefully acknowledges the support of all of the organisations involved in the completion of the project.