Academic year
2021/2022 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
CM0584 (AF:358505 AR:189140)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code
1st Semester
Course year
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The course is designed as a complement to the study of the treatment processes applied to civil wastewater and municipal solid waste (already illustrated in the dedicated course). Therefore, the program addressed in this course completes the notional framework on the waste treatment processes, focusing in particular on solid and gaseous wastes. On this basis, an illustration of the current regulatory framework is foreseen, to which the waste treatment discipline refers, as well as the main analytical methods to be used for the characterization of the specific waste matrices discussed in this course. The main industrial scale treatment processes will be presented, applied on: a) solid-wet matrices (anaerobic digestion, anaerobic co-digestion, composting); b) solid-dry matrices (incineration, pyrolysis, landfills); c) gas matrices (filters and scrubbers). To complete the global process framework, a part of the course will also be dedicated to the chemical-physical treatments of industrial liquid wastes (concentration, distillation, inertization, Fenton process). In all the described processes, an exhaustive illustration of all the unit operations used for the treatments of the specific matrices discussed in the course are provided, with a look at the aspects related to the mitigation of the impacts of the effluents.
For each illustrated process, practical examples of case studies will be provided and discussed, i.e. plants developed on an industrial scale, of which the methodologies adopted for the control and monitoring of individual unit operations will be analyzed. On the basis of this exhaustive illustration, the student will be able to define in detail and autonomously the mass and energy balances, and to identify any critical points, in terms of process management, technical feasibility and environmental impacts, of each specific implemented process. This competence is of fundamental importance as it is foreseen as a basic knowledge for the elaboration of technical reports and similar, according to the current regulations on public works.
General Physics at the university level.
Basic aspects of chemistry and biochemistry at university level.
Basic aspects of chemical plant engineering.
Current regulatory framework for solid and gaseous wastes.
Chemical/physical/biological analysis and concepts of instrumental analytical chemistry applied on waste matrices illustrated in the course.
Process Units in solid and gaseous waste treatment plants.
Treatment of solid-wet matrices (Composting, Digestion and anaerobic Co-digestion).
Treatment of solid-dry matrices (Incineration, Pyrolysis and Landfills).
Treatment of gas matrices (Filters and Scrubbers).
Chemical/physical treatments of industrial liquid wastes (Concentration, Distillation, Inertization and Fenton Process).
Metcalf & Eddy, Wastewater Engineering, MC Graw Hill.
Ppt slides provided by the teacher.
Oral examination. The exam consists of 5 questions, one of which eventually conceived as a numerical exercise.
The teaching is carried out through frontal classes.

This subject deals with topics related to the macro-area "Climate change and energy" and contributes to the achievement of one or more goals of U. N. Agenda for Sustainable Development

Definitive programme.
Last update of the programme: 13/12/2021