102-0357-00L  Waste Recycling Technologies

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersR. Bunge
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


102-0357-00 GWaste Recycling Technologies2 hrs
Tue/213:45-17:30HIL E 9 »
R. Bunge

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AbstractWaste Recycling Technology (WRT) is a sub-discipline of Mechanical Process Engineering. WRT is employed in production plants processing contaminated soil, construction wastes, scrap metal, recovered paper and the like. While WRT is well established in Central Europe, it is only just now catching on in emerging markets as well.
ObjectiveAt the core of this course is the separation of mixtures of solid bulk materials according to physical properties such as color, electrical conductivity, magnetism and so forth. After having taken this course, the students should have concept not only of the unit operations employed in WRT but also of how these unit operations are integrated into the flow sheets of production plants.
Waste Recycling: Scope and objectives
Waste recycling technologies in Switzerland

Properties of particles: Liberation conditions, Particle size and shape, Porosity of bulk materials
Fluid dynamics of particles: Stationary particle beds, Fluidized beds, Free settling particles
Flow sheet basics: Balancing mass flows
Standard processes: batch vs. continuous …
Assessment of separation success: Separation function; grade vs. recovery

Separation Processes
Separation according to size and shape (Classification): Screening, Flow separation
Separation according to material properties (Concentration): Manual Sorting, Gravity concentration; Magnetic separation, Eddy current separation, Electrostatic separation, Sensor technology, Froth flotation
Lecture notesThe script consists of the slides shown during the lectures. Background material will be provided on the script-server.
LiteratureA list of recommended books will be provided.
Prerequisites / NoticeThe topic will be discussed not from the perspective of theory, but rather in the context of practical application. However, solid fundamentals in physics (in particular in mechanics) are strongly recommended.

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits3 credits
ExaminersR. Bunge
Typesession examination
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionThe performance assessment is offered every session. Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Mode of examinationwritten 90 minutes
Written aidspencil, eraser, ruler
a basic pocket calulator will be provided for the exam
This information can be updated until the beginning of the semester; information on the examination timetable is binding.

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