Sydney University opens Reverse Osmosis Teaching Rig

The School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Sydney opened its Reverse Osmosis Teaching Rig on the 18 November 2011.

The rig is designed to desalinate up to 600L/s of brackish water using reverse osmosis membranes.

The conceptual design of the rig was done by Dr Chiew Wong of MWH, the membranes were donated by Hydranautics and Schneider Electric donated the VSD, PLC and Touchscreen interface.

Additional funding for the rig was provided by the Faculty of Engineering through a grant awarded under the ‘Teaching Improvement Equipment Scheme’ to Dr John Kavanagh and Professor Hans Coster and the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

Schneider Magelis Touch Screen Interface at Sydney University's Reverse Osmosis rig.The rig was constructed by Dr Bogumil Eichstaedt and Alex Massey, with instrumentation apprentices from Integral Energy (now Endeavour Energy).

The PLC was programmed by Harry Chan, Kunaal Chand and Daniel Hancock of Schneider Electric.

The School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering acknowledges the support of Endeavour Energy, Hydranautics, MWH and Schneider Electric in completion of the project.

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