The areas listed below illustrate SUWIC's research activities and services. If there is an area of interest that is not covered but you think SUWIC might be able to help you with, please contact us.
Characterisation of waste material
This includes the use of our unique small scale rotary kiln incinerator to provide the fundamental data needed for the successful incineration of all types of wastes. This aspect of our test programme includes two major efforts:
Waste heat recovery systems and related problems
Corrosion problems in thermal processes; e.g. boiler tube and super-heater failures, slag formation on the furnace wall, and corrosion inside scrubber systems.
Thermal treatment and restoration of toxic industrially contaminated earth wastes using our rotary kiln incinerator calibration unit.
Measurement of gas residence times at large municipal and industrial incinerator plants using our pseudo-random binary sequence (PRBS) tracer technique.
Process optimisation and waste minimisation.
Flue gas clean up systems including problems related to the electrostatic-precipitators.
Operation and control problems in thermal oxidisers
e.g. use of automatic primary, intermediate and secondary mixture ratio control systems to maintain the waste fuel/air supplies to the furnace in the correct proportions.
Scrubbers and related problems; e.g. activated carbon scrubbing.
Dust, aerosols and dispersion.
Effluent disposal techniques; e.g. removal and recovery of metals from wastewater, general reduction of the impact of metal releases to air, land and water.
Marine pollution/beach cleaning and inshore pollution.
Landfilling practices; e.g. landfill gas disposal.
Development of waste recycling techniques for material and energy recovery
Refuse derived fuel; use of waste as a fuel feedstock.
Development of combined heat and power (CHP) and district heating (DH) systems fuelled with local waste.
Environmental impact assessment.
Legislation, IPC authorisation and technical guidance
SUWIC has access to first-class workshop facilities both in Sheffield city centre and at our Harpur Hill research laboratories.
The workshops are staffed by highly skilled technicians who construct and help run our experimental rigs.