In-factory wastewater quality sensing and control
Industry lacks the data on wastewater production in-plant needed to effectively address the environmental impacts of water use.
Resource efficiency, i.e. making the best use of resources possible and avoiding waste, is a key foundation of sustainability in manufacturing.
Water constitutes a critical resource that is in limited supply, with projected demand set to greatly exceed supply over the medium term. Industry is one of the sectors in which demand is set to grow the most, but an understanding of how and why water is used has historically been neglected.
The aim of this research is to enable manufacturers to permanently reduce their demand for water, by addressing the current lack of data on and understanding of water usage in industrial plants. The desired capability is real-time measurement of content and water flow volumes within the production process chain, with the goal of identifying and prioritising opportunities for application of water efficiency measures. Sensor enabled active management of water use is another area of investigation.
Dr Patrick Webb - Lecturer in Advanced Manufacturing
The ability to quickly determine not only flow rates but water contamination content within the production process chain will greatly facilitate understanding of how to reduce the environmental impact of industrial water usage.