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Services to Industry

Based on the needs of our industrial partners, we offer a number of specialized laboratory services such as those listed below.  Please contact one of the Group’s faculty members to get information on pricing for these services, as well as to discuss other potential specialized services that we can offer.

Specialty Analytical Services (not offered by commercial laboratories)

  • Assimilable organic carbon (AOC)
  • Biodegradable dissolved organic carbon (BDOC)
  • Particle size analyses (PSA)
    • Laser diffraction PSA
    • digital imaging PSA
  • Molecular weight distribution of organic material
    • Size exclusion chromatography (UV and organic carbon detectors)
    • Membrane fractionation (1-1000 kDa)
  • Polar fractionation (XAD/DAX resins)
  • Disinfection by product (DBP) formation analysis
    • Formation potential
    • Simulated distribution system tests
  • Total/dissolved organic carbon (low and intermediate range)
  • Trace organic contaminant analysis

Treatability Studies

  • Membrane performance/fouling analysis for low pressure (MF/UF; e.g. long term fouling analysis) and high pressure (NF/RO; e.g. Silt Density Index, long term fouling analysis) membranes
  • Membrane material accelerated aging (e.g. effect of cleaning agent and other operating conditions)
  • Hydrodynamic analysis of two-phase flow in membrane systems (with PIV and electrochemical methods)
  • UV microbial inactivation studies (with collimated beam and PSA)
  • Coagulation/flocculation (Jar-testing) studies

Technology Review and Selection

  • Technology performance assessment
  • Patent evaluations
  • Unit process evaluation and selection

Specialty Courses

MF/UF membranes for drinking water treatment

The course covers theory and applications of low pressure membrane technologies for drinking water treatment. Other applications (i.e. wastewater treatment and reuse) are also introduced. The course is structured to provide opportunities to learn the fundamental principles governing the performance of membrane systems, and to apply this fundamental theory to optimize the performance of membrane systems and to address operational challenges. Exercises, with computer models, are used to provide hands-on learning opportunities. All the necessary background information needed to understand the fundamental theory is provided. Consequently, the course is relevant to all water treatment professionals including treatment system operators, design engineers, and plant/regional managers interested in membrane technologies for water treatment.

This course is currently offered through APEG BC

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Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4, Canada
Tel: 604.822.2254

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