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Global Water Challenge

Hosted by the Department of Chemical Engineering

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 ‘floc’) 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.

Competitions (2016):

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- Biotech to the Rescue!
- Chemical Forensics
- Civil Canada Arm
- Egg High Drop
- Global Water Challenge
- L.E.A.P.'s Keep it Hot
- Mechanical Transporter
- Mental Gymnastics
- Mini-Car Jump
- Oodles of Noodles
- Photonic Puzzles
- Physics Paper Triathlon
- Pictorial Essay
- Software Challenge
- Teachers Challenge
- The Speeding Brain
- Twists and Turns