Maximum number of teams = 20 (4 per timeslot)
Number of competitors per team is 4
NEW in 2014!
Modern-day water treatment uses a variety of physical, chemical, and biological processes and chemical engineers play a key role in the development of the full treatment process. In this competition, students will be challenged to optimize the performance of a flocculation process.
Students will be given a variety of polymers that are commonly used in the water treatment industry to cause small particles to attach together and form a larger structure (a â€˜flocâ€™) that will settle to the bottom. Teams will compete against one another to come up with the best treatment conditions that cause the colloidal particles in a synthetic wastewater to flocculate and thus produce a clean water layer on top. The final standings will be based on their performance as determined by the capillary suction time, a standard measure of the flocculation performance.
Formal rules will be presented to competitors at the actual competition.