102-0227-00L  Systems Analysis and Mathematical Modeling in Urban Water Management

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersE. Morgenroth, M. Maurer
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


102-0227-00 GSystems Analysis and Mathematical Modeling in Urban Water Management4 hrs
Fri08:00-09:35HIL E 9 »
09:45-11:30HIL E 15.2 »
27.10.08:45-12:30HPT C 103 »
E. Morgenroth, M. Maurer

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AbstractSystematic introduction of material balances, transport processes (kinetics, stoichiometry and conservation), ideal reactors, residence time distribution, heterogeneous systems, dynamic response of reactors, parameter identification, local sensitivity, error propagation, and Monte Carlo simulations. Introduction to real-time control (PID controllers). Extensive numerical simulations with coding.
ObjectiveThe goal of this course is to provide the students with an understanding of how urban water system can be described with mathematical models, and give them the to plan experiments, to evaluate error propagation and to test simple process control strategies in the field of process engineering in urban water management.
ContentThe course will provide a broad introduction into the fundamentals of modeling water treatment systems. The topics are:
- Introduction into modeling and simulation
- The material balance equations, transport processes, transformation processes (kinetics, stoichiometry, conservation)
- Ideal reactors
- Hydraulic residence time distribution and modeling of real reactors
- Dynamic behavior of reactor systems
- Systems analytical tools: Sensitivity, parameter identification, error propagation, Monte Carlo simulation
- Introduction to process control (PID controller, fuzzy control)
Lecture notesCopies of handouts will be available digitally.
LiteratureThere will be a required textbook that students need to purchase:
Willi Gujer (2008): Systems Analysis for Water Technology. Springer-Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg
Prerequisites / NoticeStudents should have a general understanding of urban water management as many examples are taken from processes relevant to related systems. This course is offered in parallel to the course Process Engineering Ia. It is beneficial but not necessary to follow both courses simultaneously.
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Techniques and Technologiesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Media and Digital Technologiesassessed
Personal CompetenciesCritical Thinkingassessed
Self-direction and Self-management fostered

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits6 credits
ExaminersM. Maurer, E. Morgenroth
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.
Additional information on mode of examinationThere will be three exams distributed throughout the semester. The second and third exam are written on the computer. The final course grade is calculated as a weighted average of these three exams, with a weighting of 25% for each of the first and second exams and 50% for the third exam. To obtain the credits a grade of 4.0 must be reached in this weighted average. If you miss an exam you will need a certified medical excuse or prior instructor approval, otherwise a grade of 1.0 will be given for that exam. In the case of a missed exam with excuse/approval, a makeup exam will be scheduled that will be fair but comprehensive and challenging. If you write the first exam you are not allowed to withdraw from the course anymore and it will count as your first attempt. If your average grade is below a 4.0 you must retake this course (or at least the three exams) the next time this course is offered.
Online examinationThe examination may take place on the computer.

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Places50 at the most
PriorityRegistration for the course unit is until 18.08.2023 only possible for the primary target group
Primary target groupMAS ETH in Sustainable Water Resources (118000)
Environmental Engineering MSc (127000)
Waiting listuntil 25.09.2023

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MAS in Sustainable Water ResourcesFoundation CoursesWInformation
Environmental Engineering MasterSystem Analysis in Urban Water ManagementOInformation
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