497-519: Plastic Waste Mitigation

CRN
TBD
Faculty
Jeff Budiman
Day and Time
Fridays, 9am-11:40am

When plastic waste litters the land and then enter the water streams, such as rivers, lakes, seas, and oceans, it is dispersed around the globe. Once in water streams ,plastic litter has a severe negative impact on the safety of sea transport, marine lives, tourism and recreation.

The proposed IPRO will have a significant  impact on efficient recovery and disposal of plastic wastes, reducing in the process of direct health hazards caused by the presence of plastic wastes in various water streams around the globe.Specifically, the objectives are:
1.     Developmentof a laboratory-scale model of a plastic waste removal system. Students will come up with their concepts of the system and will be evaluated in the hydraulic flume in CAEE Department laboratory. This unit system is designed to be installed in the river )Lab Model) and to be operated using the energy provided by the river stream and will enable continuous removal of plastic waste from the waters tream.

2.     Evaluation of two available small incinerators and based on the results of the evaluation, design, and development of the prototype of a micro-incinerator. The micro-incinerator will burn plastic waste as fuel to generate energy. The micro-incineratorswill be particularly beneficial for household use in developing countries,where the municipal waste management is minimal, compelling households to searchfor littered plastics as free fuel.

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