Interdisciplinary research on freezing of waste water
Research into the freezing of waste water recently received funding from the Academy of Finland. The name of the research project is WINICE (Wastewater treatment by natural freeze crystallization and ice separation). The duration of the project is three years, 2015-2017.
The study involves LUT researchers in chemical technology, mechanical engineering, and mathematical modelling. Also conducting research into freezing technology are the so-called icebreakers – the Marine Technology Research Group of Professor Pentti Kujala at Aalto University, and the so-called ice transporters – the mechanical engineering research group of Professor Aki Mikkola. Mikkola is developing an ice transporter. The groups of professors Kujala and Mikkola are also studying the ideal size of a waste water pool that applies freezing technology for purposes of breaking and transporting the ice. Kujala and his group at Aalto University are also studying how the layer of ice can be optimally broken up. The research group of Professor Jari Hämäläinen at LUT and Associate Professor Joonas Sorvari is involved in the mathematical modelling of freezing.