Process Modelling for Water Treatment Professionals

Topic Sustainability

CPD Hours 16


Build your knowledge on the influence of water chemistry and address treatment of your plant's performance.

This interactive two-day course is built around forecasting water quality and addressing treatment plant performance issues arising from changing feed water conditions.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course delegates will understand:

  • understand the influence of water chemistry on process design and how to use this knowledge to optimise performance
  • design new treatment plants and size equipment using comprehensive software that integrates material and heat balancing, equipment sizing, stream property and solubility prediction.

Who will benefit?

  • Process engineers
  • Consultants and operators involved in concept design, sizing and / or operation of existing physico-chemical water treatment plants involving conventional membrane, resin, electrolytic or thermal technologies

Course outline

Day 1

  • A comprehensive overview of essential water quality properties for treatment plant design basic theory around chemical equilibrium, reaction kinetics and redox potential
  • An introduction to solubility modelling, the impact of dissolved gases on redox and equilibrium chemistry and how process kinetics can affect scale formation and corrosion
  • An overview of most technologies used in water treatment
  • Modes of action defining separation for each technology
  • Key advantages and disadvantages of each technology
  • Guidance on technology selection
  • Developing a feed water scenario for typical and boundary conditions¬†process design considerations, constraints, performance objectives and assumptions¬†for a given feed water specification, generate a first pass integrated process design and mass balance
  • Identify which parameters impact equipment performance and treated water quality

Day 2

  • An overview of each unit operation, their key process parameters (design / operational) and how they are used in each model simulate equipment performance.
  • Learn how to optimise a process design for performance objectives by refining process design parameters for each unit operation.
  • Model boundary conditions to establish the performance limitations of a process design.
  • Produce vendor data sheets and RFQ documentation for equipment pricing.
  • Calculate power, chemical and consumable operating costs.
  • Estimate turnkey capital costs for a greenfield application.
  • Produce a lifecycle cost evaluation for the project.
  • Documenting the basis of design.
  • Key elements of a process design report.
  • Addressing process risk through scenario modelling.


Discounts are available to companies booking more than one place:

  • 2 places - 5% discount
  • 3 places - 10% discount
  • 4 or more places - 15% discount.

Bookings must be made at the same time to receive the discount.

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