This short course will enable you to understand and implement the design principles, practice and operational experience of conventional and novel physical separation processes used in water and wastewater treatment processes.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • DurationFive days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost£1,400. Concessions available

What you will learn

On successful completion of this short course you will be able to:

  • Explain and apply the fundamental physical phenomena governing solid-liquid separation processes,
  • Determine the factors affecting the selection, design and operation of conventional and innovative physical separation processes,
  • Design and specify appropriate operating conditions the unit processes for physical separation as applied to water and wastewater treatment,
  • Evaluate the importance of monitoring of physical treatment processes for optimisation and diagnostics of drinking water and wastewater treatment.

Core content

  • Introduction to physical processes principles relevant to understanding the design, operation and fault diagnostic of the range of physical processes encountered in water and wastewater treatment,
  • Modern screening designs: bar racks, fine screens, rotating drums, moving belts, removal, disposal of retained solids,
  • Clarification processes including sedimentation, high rate systems, dissolved air flotation and their applications,
  • Filtration design and practice including backwashing, filter floors, factors governing media selection and application in water and wastewater treatment,
  • Membrane processes including materials, configuration, design and operation of porous membrane systems,
  • Sludge processes including source characterisation, theory and practice,
  • Key problem particles: algae, NOM and wastewater covering there characteristics and how they impact on the selection and operation of physical processes,
  • Practical session on physical characteristics of water/wastewater treatment systems.


  • Professor Peter Jarvis
  • Professor Bruce Jefferson
  • Dr Ewan McAdam
  • Professor Simon Judd


(20% discount for Cranfield alumni, 10% discount for colleagues of alumni)

£1,340 - Professional/trade association discount

£1,280 - Multiple bookings*

* Minimum of five delegates

Accommodation options and prices

This is a non-residential course. If you would like to book accommodation on campus, please contact Mitchell Hall or Cranfield Management Development Centre directly. Further information regarding our accommodation on campus can be found here.

Alternatively you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel.

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world.

For further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL

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