MSc by Research - Media Testing in a Pile Cloth Media Filter for Tertiary Solids Removal from Wastewater

Cranfield University

Start Date: As soon as possible
Duration of award: 1 year 
Supervisors: Dr. Marc Pidou, Professor Bruce Jefferson

Sponsored by Alfa Laval Ashbrook Simon-Hartley Ltd, this studentship will provide a bursary of £ 18,000 p.a. (tax free) plus fees* for 1 year

This MSc by Research involves the study, at demonstration scale, of a pile cloth media filter for solids removal from wastewater. The focus of the work will be on the testing of a range of media to optimise treatment performance and operation of the filter. This is an opportunity to contribute to a research project at real scale in direct collaboration with the technology provider.  

Solids removal is a critical stage of wastewater treatment as it is not only needed to meet the specific total suspended solids (TSS) consent for discharge but it also helps meeting standards for other parameters by removing the particulate fraction, for example, for organics and phosphorus. In order to meet stricter consents for discharge coming into place tertiary filtration systems are being more commonly used.

The aim of this 1 year project is then to evaluate and optimise a demonstration scale pile cloth media filter for tertiary solids removal in real operating conditions. Specifically, the objectives for this work are to trial a range cloth media in the unit installed on the Cranfield University sewage treatment works and to evaluate the impact of operational parameters (flow, backwash …) on the performance of the filter.

The student will be based on the Cranfield University campus and will use the state of the art testing facilities and laboratories for water and wastewater treatment and analysis offered by Cranfield University.

Entry requirements:

Applicants should have a first or second class UK honours degree or equivalent in a related discipline, such as environmental engineering/science or chemical engineering. The ideal candidate should have some understanding in some, or all, areas of wastewater treatment, filtration and recovery and water quality analyses. The candidate should be self-motivated, have good communication skills for regular interaction with the sponsors, and with an interest in industrial research.


* To be eligible for this funding, applicants must be a UK national.We require that applicants are under no restrictions regarding how long they can stay in the UK i.e. have no visa restrictions or applicant has “settled status” and has been “ordinarily resident” in the UK for 3 years prior to start of studies and has not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education. (This does not apply to UK or EU nationals).

How to apply:

For further information please contact: Dr. Marc Pidou, E:, T: (0) 1234 758328

If you are eligible to apply for this research studentship, please complete the online application form

For further information contact us today:

T: +44 (0)1234 758082

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