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Student projects at ISAH

Are you interested in a student project (studies, seminars, bachelor, master or diploma thesis) in one of the research work areas of our institute?

ISAH, as a multi departmental research institution, offers interesting and exciting oportunities in research and industrial projects.

Below you find an overview of current projects and proposals at ISAH. The topics are structured according to the three main fields of the institute in "Sanitary Engineering, Water Supply and Industrial Water Management", "Waste Management, Massflow Management and Anaerobic Processes" and "Water and Wastewater Biology". In case you are looking for a specific topic or interested in an ongoing research project, please contact, by e-mail or Tel: 762-2507, the chair of the ISAH to get more information.

Our multidisciplinary research staff is responsible for the supervision of the student project (theoretical and experimental).

If you are interested in a student project, we recommend you to contact us at least four weeks before the start of the project.

Sanitary Engineering, Water Supply and Industrial Water Management

Sulfide oxidation as autotrophic denitrification

Effect of interval aeration on the nitritation in a lab scale SBR experimental plant

Membrane bioreactors for wastewater treatment: state of the art and implementation

Waste Management, Massflow Management and Anaerobic Processes

Comparative evaluation of solar sludge drying greenhouse calculation methods

- Estimation based on vapor balance

- Estimation based on evaporation equations

- Comparison

Comparative Analysis of Power Conversion Technologies to utilize low temperature heat from waste biomass pyrolysis

- Literature Review and Prozess evaluation regarding available Power Conversion Technologies from Heat
- Comparative Analysis of Power Conversion Technologies with respect to multiple selection criteria (e.g. Expenses, Efficiency, Environmental Impact)
- Development of a module concept to include the selected power conversion technology in an existing pyrolysis process of waste biomass

  • Type of work:  Master Thesis
  • Supervisor: M. Sc. Christopher Speier

Analysis and Development of an adapted methodology for municipal solid waste characterizations in Asia's Newly Industrialized Countries (NIC), following high statistical standards

- Analysis and Comparison of available waste characterization data sets of the last decade
- Evaluation of the applied methods with respect to the statistical sampling approach
- Development of a waste characterization methodology incl. Statistical estimation of sampling parameters for NICs

Wastewater treatment from conventional vs unconventional fossil fuel extraction

- Literature review of major characteristics  of wastewater (loads, composition, variance) and associated treatment processes (scope, methods) from conventional vs unconventional (i.e. fracking, tar sands) oil and gas extraction activities  
- Mass/energy balance of treatment methods (kWh per kg pollutant removed)
- Mass/energy balance of treatment methods (kWh per kg pollutant removed)
- Cost/benefit analysis for treatment options to observe EU limits on pollutant discharge

Thermodynamic analysis of external heating options for solar sludge drying greenhouse

- Literature research on external heating options
- Thermodynamic analysis and evaluation

  • Type of work:  Bachelor or Master Thesis
  • Supervisor: M. Sc. Moni Mohan Mondal

 

 

Fecal sludge treatment/ management in south asia

- Literature research on best available techniques
- Mass and energy flow analysis for the techniques
- Comparison of treatment techniques using MCA

  • Type of work:  Bachelor or Master Thesis
  • Supervisor: M. Sc. Moni Mohan Mondal

Characterization of building structures and their resource potentials based on GIS

- Development of method for coupling GIS and Google Maps/Earth
- Determination of distinguishing criteria
- Case study

Differentiation of settling structures for projection of generated waste amounts based on GIS

- Development of method for coupling GIS and Google Maps/Earth
- Determination of distinguishing criteria
- Case study

    Improving the cost efficiency of biogas plants with the help of multi criteria optimisation on example of a 1.4 MW biomass biogas plant

    • Type of work: Master Thesis
    • Supervisor: Dr.-Ing. Paul Stopp

    Post-processing of biogas residues: Value recovery for improved resource management

    - Literature review of common and novel digestate treatment methods (mechanical separation, thermal, biological, chemical), removal vs recovery
    - Design of treatment schemes based on loads and composition of digestate (and thus biogas substrate)
    - Calculate efficiency (kg N/P per kWh, %N/%P recovery) and cost/benefit  calculation (€/tonne digestate) for multiple digestate handling pathways
    - Create usable spreadsheet for use in selecting best treatment method based on digestate composition, energy costs, and available technology (MCA)   

    Evaluation of characteristics and potentials of anaerobic digestion from slaugtherhouse and vegetable market residues in Chennai, India

    LCA of Biogas production and utilization process using UMBERTO

    - Exergetic analysis and balance
    - Life cycle analysis of AD plus CHP/ biogas upgradation using UMBERTO

    • Type of work:  Master Thesis
    • Supervisor: M. Sc. Moni Mohan Mondal

    Exergo-environmental analysis of biogas production and energy conversion through CHP

    - Energy analysis and balance 
    - Exergetic analysis and balance
    - Environmental impact analysis in exergy term (Exergo-environmental analysis)

    • Type of work:  Master Thesis
    • Supervisor: M. Sc. Moni Mohan Mondal

    Elimination of heavy metalls from landfill leachate through activated carbon adsorption

    - Literature review of heavy metal adsorption
    - Lab experiments with landfill leachate and different activated carbon samples (or zeolithes)
    - evaluation using standard methods (Langmuir-Isotherm approach etc.)
    - therewith design of an activated carbon adsorption plant

    Exergoeconomic comparison of biogas utilization (CHP, Upgradation) for AD of biomass

    - Exergetic analysis and balance for AD plus CHP & AD plus Upgradation
    - Exergy unit cost estimation (exergoeconomic), analysis and evaluation for AD plus CHP & AD plus Upgradation
    - Comparison of exergoeconomics for CHP and Upgradation

    • Type of work:  Bachelor or Master Thesis
    • Supervisor: M. Sc. Moni Mohan Mondal

    Economic/Exergoeconomic analysis of biogas production and energy utilization through CHP

    - Energy analysis and balance
    - Exergetic analysis and balance
    - Exergy unit cost estimation (exergoeconomic), analysis and evaluation

    • Type of work:  Bachelor or Master Thesis
    • Supervisor: M. Sc. Moni Mohan Mondal

    Comparative analysis/evaluation of Multi-Criteria Analysis (MCA) Methodologies for Environmental Engineering Applications

    - MCA methodologies
    - Benchmark description and analysis
    - Application in Environemntal Engineering

     

    • Type of work:  Master Thesis
    • Supervisor: M. Sc. Moni Mohan Mondal

    Comparative analysis/evaluation of Multi-Objective Optimization (MOO) Methodologies for Environmental Engineering Applications

    - MOO methodologies
    - Benchmark description and analysis
    - Application in Environemntal Engineering

    Projection of recycling potentials of demolition waste from nuclear power plants

    - current planning of decommissioningg
    - differentiating material based on ist nuclear contamination
    - mass quantification and recycling potentials

    State of the art of Hydrolysis in anaerobic technologies

     

     

    Water and Wastewater Biology

    Maths meets Bio - Ammonia removal in engineering biofilms

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    Removal of phosphate from reject wastewater by adsorption processes: Comparison of the adsorption capacity and kinetics of existing adsorbants

    Pontiac fever disease caused by aerosols contaminated with legionella generated in water/wastewater systems and cooling towers: occurrence and risks