Environmental monitoring

Solar powered waste-water monitor in Lyndoch
Solar powered waste-water monitor in Lyndoch

Biomedical Research Support

Environmental monitoring

FBE, Flinders Biomedical Engineering, have developed devices for the Environmental Health division of the School of Medicine to enable monitoring of water, and waste water.

Devices developed by Biomedical Engineering

Solar powered datalogger

Solar powered measurement of dissolved oxygen for environmental monitoring. Sharp spiky bits stop seagulls from sitting. The 30 watt solar panel charges a 24 amp-hour gel-cel battery in a pelican proof enclosure [BME1460]

Algae fluorometer

Detection of algae and general water quality was detected by measuring fluorescence by avalanche photo diode and digitally processing the signal. Fluorescence of a ruthenium compound deposited onto glass is used to measure oxygen saturation of the water sample. [BME1487]

 

Water effect on copper

The Turbine Flow meter with plumbing system was designed as part of a research project by Environmental Health, to investigate the action of Adelaide tap water on copper pipes used in water reticulation around the city. [BME1409]

Paddle wheel

Large stirrer originally for Urbrae settling ponds. Now used for accelerated bioremediation processes at Kingston-on-Murray.

 

Solar powered waste water monitor

Algae fluorometer

Algae fluorometer with ruthenium

  Environmental plumbing

Paddle wheel

Publications using BME developed devices

Algal fluorometer

Evans RA, Cromar NJ, Fallowfield HJ. Performance of a pilot-scale high rate algal pond system treating abattoir wastewater in rural South Australia: nitrification and denitrification. Water Sci Technol. 2005;51(12):117-24.

Evans RA, Fallowfield HJ, Cromar NJ. Characterisation of oxygen dynamics within a high-rate algal pond system used to treat abattoir wastewater. Water Sci Technol. 2003;48(2):61-8.

Water effect on copper

Critchley MM, Cromar NJ, McClure NC, Fallowfield HJ. The influence of the chemical composition of drinking water on cuprosolvency by biofilm bacteria. J Appl Microbiol. 2003;94(3):501-7.

Critchley MM, Cromar NJ, McClure N, Fallowfield HJ. Biofilms and microbially influenced cuprosolvency in domestic copper plumbing systems. J Appl Microbiol. 2001 Oct;91(4):646-51.