Soil-Based Hazardous Waste Management OpenCourseWare: USU's Free Undergraduate Course on Hazardous Waste Management

Published Feb 09, 2009

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What are the current processes and difficulties involving hazardous waste management? In 'Soil-Based Hazardous Waste Management,' students learn to identify problems and analyze engineering design solutions for management and treatment of dangerous waste products. This free OpenCourseWare offered by Utah State University is designed for undergraduate Civil and Environmental Engineering students who have previously taken organic chemistry, fluid mechanics and environmental engineering.

Soil-Based Hazardous Waste Management: Course Specifics

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Soil-Based Hazardous Waste Management: Course Description

This Civil and Environmental Engineering course helps students identify problems related to hazardous waste treatment and management. Students also learn to analyze the processes and engineering design approaches used to manage hazardous waste in soil. This course looks at the characterization parameters that can affect engineering design and management. These parameters include sorption dynamics, hydrolysis, biodegredation kinetics and fugacity, which is a chemical's tendency to change phase between solid, liquid or gas. The relationship of subsurface environments and specific chemical properties to waste management problems and solutions are also explored. Ronald Sims, who heads up Utah State University's biological and irrigation engineering department, teaches the course. The Fugacity Calculator, a soil contamination simulator used in this course, runs on a PC only.

Problem sets, lecture notes, a reading list and the simulation program are available free online. If you are interested in taking this USU course, visit the soil-based hazardous waste management course page.

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