Optimization of TPU Nanocomposite Membranes for Wastewater Aeration

Chiu, Jeremy (2013). Optimization of TPU Nanocomposite Membranes for Wastewater Aeration Honours Thesis, School of Engineering, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Chiu, Jeremy
Thesis Title Optimization of TPU Nanocomposite Membranes for Wastewater Aeration
School, Centre or Institute School of Engineering
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2013
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Supervisor J Mee
Total pages 47
Language eng
Subjects 0913 Mechanical Engineering
Formatted abstract
Nanotechnology has reinvigorated research into polymer materials due to prospect of polymer nanocomposites with enhanced mechanical properties. Past research has established that thermoplastic polyurethane can be enhanced by incorporating layered silicates. Understanding the strengthening mechanisms gives an insight to the actual level of performance increase achieved from the nanofillers.

Wastewater treatment is an essential yet energy consuming process. The treatment of wastewater is necessary for the safe discharge of water back into the environment, and/or the recycling for industrial or human consumption. The activated sludge process is an area that requires equipment and processes to be as efficient as possible in order to reduce energy consumption. The frequent maintenance or replacement of aeration membranes is proven to be costly and time consuming.

This study was able to characterise the current materials used to manufacture the AquaBlade from Aquatec Maxcon. The data will be used for the development of an alternative TPU nanocomposite material using the nanofiller technology developed by TenasiTech in The University of Queensland.
Keyword Wastewater Aeration

Document type: Thesis
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