Levich Institute Seminar Announcement, 05/15/2007

Tuesday, 05/15/2007
2:00 PM
Steinman Hall, Room #312
(Chemical Engineering Conference Room)

Professor David Boger
University of Melbourne, Australia
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

"Sustainability and Fluid Mechanics"


The minerals and energy industries worldwide are very upbeat about sustainable development. Many companies have sustainability managers. Unfortunately, with few exceptions, most of their effort in sustainable practice is directed towards the social and stakeholder interaction in the community. Very little effort is being made to apply more sustainable practices to management of liquid waste tailings. Even though technology exists now to move from wet to dry disposal methods, the industry still insists on building traditional dams that defer the costs associated with dealing with the waste until some time in the future, when the company is often able to escape the liability. The seminar summarises how knowledge in fluid mechanics (non-Newtonian fluids) can be exploited to minimise the waste associated with these important industries.


David V Boger has held positions in Chemical Engineering at both Monash University and The University of Melbourne. Currently he is Laureate Professor and Professor of Chemical Engineering at The University of Melbourne. He is immediate past Director of the Particulate Fluids Processing Centre (a Special Research Centre of the ARC), past Head of Chemical Engineering and former Deputy Director of the Advanced Mineral Products Centre . His research is in non-Newtonian fluid mechanics with interests ranging from basic polymer and particulate fluid mechanics to applications in the minerals, coal, oil, food, and polymer industries. From 1991-2002 Professor Boger was Chairman of the Trade Waste Acceptance Advisory Committee, a group which advises the City of Melbourne on industrial trade waste discharges to the trunk sewer system. He held the position of BHP Billiton Fellow from 2000-2003