Biomonitoring

The role of biofilms has been identified as a critical component in material layer development on the pipe walls of distribution networks.

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It is proposed that rapid, transferrable, physical methods to enable the relative quantification of biofouling between networks that have been trialled under lab conditions be deployed in operational networks. These could ultimately be developed in addition to flow/turbidity monitoring to add value and interpret the result of the relative fouling rates to modelling work and actual discolouration risk. It is envisioned that the results from these devices could be correlated to changes in the regeneration rate identified through computing techniques, ultimately providing a means to assess relative regeneration rates between different pipelines without the need for long time series data.

Sponsor

SOUTH STAFFORDSHIRE WATER PLC

Research Themes

Infrastructure

Materials

Project Dates

Start Date : 01/01/2019
End Date : 20/09/2020 

People Involved

Professor Joby Boxall

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