2018-2019 / GEOL0315-1

Solid Waste and by products processing

Duration

20h Th, 20h Labo., 7h Proj., 1,5d FW

Number of credits

 Master in geology and mining engineering, professional focus in geometallurgy (EMERALD) (Erasmus mundus)5 crédits 
 Master in chemical and materials engineering (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in geology and mining engineering (120 ECTS)5 crédits 

Lecturer

Stoyan Gaydardzhiev

Language(s) of instruction

English language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January

Schedule

Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The course is centered around the questions how recycling could contribute in overcoming materials shortage and what is the economic importance and technological challenges in management and recycling of "secondary" resources;
The main topics to be discussed are:
Introduction to solid waste management, urban mining concept, product life cycles and circular economy of metals. Raw materials demand/supply trends. Emerging technologies and demand for critical raw materials. Current situation in the area of metals recycling. Design for recycling and design for disassembly. Recycling activities as a complement to primary mining activities. Recycled metals as a substitute to primary raw materials. Examples of specific fragmentation, components liberation and separation units developed for the waste processing industry (shredders, automatic sorters, eddy-current and ballistic separators). 
Basic flow-sheets developed to (re)process solid wastes will be given focusing on the following case studies (not-exhaustive):
* Recycling of end-of-life batteries * Recycling of end-of-life vehicles * Recycling of plastics and composites * Recycling e-scrap * Municipal soild waste as secondary resource

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

By attending the course students will be able to:
- understand the role of supply of economically important raw materials for the driving emerging technologies.
- be aware about resources scarcity and importance of circular economy
- understand the notion of "urban mining" and secondary resources - get glance of the principles of solid waste management and the associated legislative basis - get acquainted how unit operations known from the mineral processing technology are adapted in treatment solid wastes and by products. - identify the principal challenges in recycling of secondary resources (characterization, equipment selection and arrangement) - understand the basis steps during elaboration of solid waste recycling/treatment technologies

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

It is advisable that the students possess basic knowledge in metals supply chain and solid-solid separation techniques

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

lab practicals, site visits, seminars guided by professionals from industry

Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning)

face-to-face first quadrimester; room - 1.97 (B28), each monday a.m.

Recommended or required readings

Christensen T., (ed.), Solid waste technology and management, Blackwell publishing, 2011
Tchobanoglous G. et. al. Integrated solid waste management: Engineering principles and management issues, McGraw-Hill, 1993
Worrell, W., Vesilind P. A., Solid Waste Engineering, Second edition, SI edition, 2012
Williams Paul T., Waste treatment and disposal Wiley-Blackwell; 2005, 2nd Edition edition
Metal Recycling: Opportunities, Limits, Infrastructure ; UNEP Report, Lead Author : Markus REUTER,  2013  available on-line
Proceedings of international symposiums on the topic: "Waste Processing and Recycling in mining and metallurgical industries" - available at prof's office

Assessment methods and criteria

written exam - 70 %Laboratory reports, seminars/level of participation - 30 %

Work placement(s)

internship not included

Organizational remarks

The course is delivered during the first quadrimester as part of the levelling and introductory courses S7 of the EMERALD Erasmus-Mundus Master program. Attendance at laboratory classes and seminars is compulsory

Contacts

Stoyan Gaydardzhiev - Prof s.gaydardzhiev@ulg.ac.be
Mohamed AATACH - Assistant
Mohamed.Aatach@ulg.ac.be

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