ENGR405-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021

Industrial Pollution Control

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 27 June 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 7 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 14 May 2021


This course aims to advance students' abilities in applying and evaluating the physico-chemical treatment processes for industrial wastewater pollution control, air pollution, and contaminated groundwater remediation, as well as to expose the student to other less frequent pollution sources, such as noise pollution.


Industrial Waste Water Treatment 18 Lectures (Reuben Bouman and Peter Gostomski)
• Sources and types of water pollutants
• Water/Wastewater quality parameters
• Types of industrial water pollution control processes/systems
• Biological treatment processes (activated sludge, trickling filters, rotating biological contactor, and lagoons) for biodegradable organics (commonly found in food, beverage, pharmaceutical, petrochemical, and pulp and paper industries)
• Oxidation processes (ozonation, Fenton’s reagent, and chlorination) for recalcitrant organics and inorganics/metals (commonly found in chemical, petrochemical, and electroplating industries)
• Anaerobic treatment processes (main stream and sludge digestion)
• Hybrid treatment processes (membrane biological reactor)
• Biofilters for biological odour control

Air Pollution Control 18 Lectures (Matthew Watson)
• Air Pollutants and its Effects
• Gaseous Pollutant Formation and Control in Combustion
• Particle Formation from Combustion and Other Sources
• Pollution Control Equipment: Particulates
• Pollution Control Equipment: Gases
• Measurement and Monitoring of Air Pollution
• Design case studies

Learning Outcomes

  • To gain an understanding of strategies, legal requirements and appropriate mitigation and treatment technologies for industrial pollution control.
  • To teach the process design of selected treatment technologies.
  • To promote the solution of open-ended, multi-disciplinary problems typically found in industrial settings.
  • To explain principles of physical/chemical/biological treatment processes
  • To apply such knowledge to perform engineering calculations for simple systems
  • To promote the concept of Kaitiakitanga and understand each engineer’s role as stewards of the environment.


Subject to approval of the Director of Studies

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Matt James Watson


Peter Gostomski

Guest Lecturer

Reuben Bouman


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Final Exam 50% Air Pollution Control 25% Water Pollution Control 25%
Wastewater Assignment 30 Apr 2021 25%
Air Pollution Assignment 03 Jun 2021 25%

• 36 Lectures
• 2 Assignments
• 1 Exam

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Eckenfelder, W. Wesley1926-; Industrial water pollution control ; 2nd ed.; McGraw-Hill, 1989.

Henze, M; Wastewater treatment :biological and chemical processes ; Springer-Verlag, 1995.

Joint Task Force of the Water Environment Federation and the American Society of Civil Engineers. , Water Environment Federation., American Society of Civil Engineers; Design of municipal wastewater treatment plants ; 5th ed; WEF Press ; American Society of Civil Engineers, Environmental and Water Resources Institute ; McGraw-Hill, 2010.

There is no course text. Handouts will be provided to students in lectures and it is also expected that student takes notes. However the following books have proven useful to students at various times during the course:
Air Pollution Control:
• Flagan and Seinfeld, “Fundamentals of Air Pollution Engineering”
• Baumbach, “Air Quality Control”
• Davis, “Air Pollution Engineering Manual”
• Mycock, McKenna and Theodore, “Handbook of Air Pollution Control Engineering and Technology”
Water Pollution Control:
• Wastewater Engineering: Treatment and Resource Recovery, 5th Edition, Metcalf & Eddy/AECOM, George Tchobanoglous, H. David Stensel, Ryujiro Tsuchihashi, Franklin L Burton, McGraw-Hill, 2013
• Hazardous Waste Management, 2nd Edition, LaGrega, M.D., Buckingham, P.L. and Evans, J.C., McGraw-Hill or Waveland Press, Inc., 2001


Relation to Other Courses
ENGR405 is an optional 4th Year course.

Course Requirements
There are no prerequisites for this course.

Additional Course Outline Information

Assessment and grading system

36 Lectures
2 Assignments
1 Exam

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $986.00

International fee $5,500.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Chemical and Process Engineering .

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