Ultrasound for the Control of Cyanobacteria
Blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) is a nuisance problem that occurs in drinking water supplies and causes problems such as bad taste and odour. In extreme cases it can cause illness to humans. The School of Mechanical Engineering and SA Water have developed a technique to remove algae from water using ultrasound.
Students wishing to undertake a PhD degree in this topic are encouraged to apply. You will need to have interests in experimental research and acoustics. Candidates with knowledge of the design and construction of ultrasonic devices, and underwater acoustics are desirable.
The project will involve the research into the most effective ultrasonic frequencies, exposure time and amplitude that results in the most effective water treatment. This project is funded through an ARC Linkage grant.
For further information, please contact Dr. Carl Howard.