Dr. Olga Gunapala receives Merit Award at the Plastics and Rubber Institute of Sri Lanka Annual Awards Ceremony 2014
Dr Olga Gunapala, Senior Lecturer of the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering was honoured with the Merit Award at the Plastics and Rubber Institute of Sri Lanka annual awards ceremony held on 4th July 2014 at the Galadari Hotel Colombo. Dr.Olga received this award in recognition of the significant contribution she has made towards the development and growth of the polymer industry in Sri Lanka.
Presentation on ASPEN HYSYS and its Applications
A presentation on ASPEN HYSYS and its applications were presented at the Chemical and Process Engineering Department seminar room on 11th June 2014 by Mr. Isuru Abeykoon, who is currently a PhD Researcher at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Both academic staff and undergraduate students benefited from this program. A comparison of the software ASPEN Plus and HYSYS and an introduction to dynamic simulations with HYSYS were given by carrying out an example simulation on a multi-component distillation column. Applications of those software packages were further elaborated on existing chemical process plants, where such simulations are widely used in predicting the optimum production and efficiency. The presentation was quite an eye opener to the students in the Department where plans are underway to introduce the new petroleum engineering focus area.
A team headed by Dr. P.G. Rathnasiri of the Chemical and Process Engineering Department provided technological assistance in generating a feasibility report with regards to the proposal of a large-scale anaerobic digestion facility processing 1,000 metric tons per day of unsorted MSW which converts its biodegradable component (60%) of MSW to bio-methane and a power plant generating 6 MWe power. Purified and burnt bio-methane generates electricity which will be fed to the national grid. Remainder sludge from the process becomes a great source of fertilizer, and the non-biodegradable waste such as polymers, glass, metals will be sent for recycling. This is a project of BioGreenCycle (Pvt) Ltd setup in partnership with BioGreen SPA of Europe who is working with the Sri Lankan government to provide a comprehensive sustainable solution for the country’s waste problem. The team at the Chemical and Process Engineering Department conducted a detailed survey of MSW generation followed up with a comprehensive feasibility report interpreting the analysis of collected data and available technologies for MSW management. This feasibility study concluded that the proposed project is a net-positive and a green solution to the current issues of MSW. With the approval received from the cabinet ministers, findings were presented by Dr. PG Rathnasiri in the committee room 3, at the Parliament of Sri Lanka on 22nd May 2014. Prof Ajith de Alwis and Mr. Charith Abeywarna also attended this meeting. The project is now in the final approval stages for implementation. Further discussions are now underway for the identification of a suitable land for the establishment of the facility.
Award won for the Best Research Paper of the Session at the International Conference on Biological, Chemical and Environmental Sciences (BCES-2014),21 to 22 January 2014, in Thailand
A team of researchers in the Department of Chemical & Process Engineering University of Moratuwa won the award for the best research paper of the session, at the International Conference on Biological, Chemical and Environmental Sciences (BCES-2014) which was held from January 21st to 22nd, 2014 at the International Institute of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering (IICBE), Phuket, Thailand.more
The annual gathering of the Chemical Engineers in Sri Lanka
The annual gathering of the Chemical Engineers in Sri Lanka was held on 3rd November 2012 at the Raja Bojun Restaurant, Colombo 3. This year’s theme was “The Role of Chemical Engineers in the Sustainable Development of the Country”. Mr.DhammikaWelhenge, a distinguished alumnus was the Keynote Speaker for this occasion. Biannual magazine “Chemunique” was also launched amidst a gathering that consists of Alumni, Academics and Students of the department. The event was organized by the Chemical Engineering Student Society (ChESS) of University of Moratuwa with the collaboration of the industry. The main financial backing for the occasion was