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									SA Joint Chemical Engineering Committee
South Australian Chemical Engineering News
                                                                                    May/June 2005
                                                                                      Volume 17.1

Welcome to the latest newsletter from the South Australian Joint Chemical Engineering Committee
(JCEC). As many of you know, the JCEC was formed in 1991 (after existing in various forms prior
to that) with three simple objectives:
     1) To further the interests of the profession of Chemical Engineering in South Australia
        without contravention of the charters and objectives of any of the Institutions,
     2) To organise regular meetings and symposia (and other appropriate functions from time to
        time) for the benefit of the members of all Institutions in South Australia.
     3) To perform other functions which are in accordance with the first objective above.

The committee is comprised of persons nominated by the Member Committees of Engineers
Australia (Chemical College, SA); the Institution of Chemical Engineers (SA Group); and the Royal
Australian Chemical Institute (Industrial Chemistry Division, SA). An Executive is elected each
year by the joint committee with the Chair rotating on an annual basis amongst each of the three
Member Committees. The chair is currently held by the RACI and shall pass to Engineers Australia
in 2006.


            Chair:                         Keith Quast, RACI

            Deputy Chairs:                 Sreedhar, EA
                                           David Lewis, IChemE

            Secretary:                     Elena Mavrofridis, IChemE

            Treasurer:                     Daniel Duffy, EA

            Committee Members:             Peter Ashman, IChemE
                                           Catherine Hustwick, RACI
                                           Keith King, RACI
                                           Yung Ngothai, IChemE
                                           Dzuy Nguyen, EA
                                           Brian O’Neill, EA
                                           Pamela Ooi, RACI

            Student Representatives:       Sally Kernich
                                           Kyleigh Victory


David Poole has recently taken a new interstate posting and so is unable to continue with his
membership of the JCEC. David has been a longstanding committee member and has contributed
enormously to the recent success of JCEC, particularly in his role as Treasurer during the past few
years. Chris Colby is also absent from the committee after a number of years’ service, which
included his stint as Chair in 2001. The committee would like to thank David and Chris for the time
and effort they have invested in the profession through their involvement with JCEC.

Ms Elena Mavrofridis has recently been awarded the inaugural 2005 Schools Fellowship in
Chemical Engineering which has been established by the School of Chemical Engineering at the
University of Adelaide in conjunction with the SA Joint Chemical Engineering Committee and the
Institution of Chemical Engineers. Elena, a 1997 University of Adelaide graduate (and current
JCEC secretary), is currently employed as a Facilities Engineer with Santos. As part of the award,
Elena will visit secondary schools in Adelaide to promote chemical engineering. In a recent
interview appearing in The Adelaidean (June 2005), Elena is quoted: “I think the biggest thing I got
from university was that I had to continue learning, and learning in a certain way. Chemical
engineering made me part of a certain school of thought that is particularly applicable in the work
environment.” Congratulations to Elena on her well-deserved award!

In a recent newsletter, we outlined the new range of degree streams in chemical engineering at the
University of Adelaide. The table below shows 1st Year enrolments into all chemical engineering
programs in 2005. The most popular program is the double degree with Petroleum Engineering, and
overall the double degree programs continue to be the most popular. While only a small number of
students have enrolled in the new degree streams (Energy & Environment; Food, Wine &
Biomolecular), we expect this number to grow as the awareness of these programs increases. It is
also good to see a healthy number (57) of new students choosing to study chemical engineering.

              Program                                                     2005
              Single Degree Streams:
              BE Chem (Process & Product Engineering)                       11
              BE Chem (Energy & Environment)                                3
              BE Chem (Food, Wine & Biomolecular)                           3
              Chemical Engineering Double Degrees:
              BE Chem / B. Science                                           9
              BE Chem / B. Biotechnology                                     8
              BE Chem / B. Finance                                           7
              BE Chem / B. Arts                                              1
              BE Chem / B. Economics                                         1
              BE Chem / B. Maths & Comp. Sci.                                1
              Other Double Degrees:
              BE Petroleum / BE Chem                                        12
              B. Law / BE Chem                                              1
              Total Year 1 Enrolments                                       57


JUNE TECHNICAL MEETING                                                                  7 JUNE
Date:                 Tuesday, 7 June 2005
Time:                 5.30pm for 6.00pm (refreshments will be available from 5.30 pm)

Venue :               Engineering House, 11 Bagot Street, NORTH ADELAIDE SA 5006.

RSVP:                 Mary Barrow, School of Chemical Engineering (8303 5446)

   Predicting combustion and heat transfer in furnaces with changes in fuel type

                                        Dr Neil Smith
                                    Postdoctoral Fellow
                              CRC for Clean Power from Lignite
                               School of Chemical Engineering
                                   University of Adelaide

Abstract: It may be necessary to change the fuel burnt in a furnace or kiln due to environmental
concerns, depletion of an ore body, or economic and legislative pressures. The CRC for Clean
Power from Lignite is developing a furnace heat transfer computer model, based on experimental
data, to determine how furnaces would react to changes in fuel type and burner operation. The
presentation will include video-tape from experiments performed in water in a 1:30 scale Perspex
model of a Latrobe Valley (Victoria) power station furnace. The Perspex model was used to obtain
flow and reaction data to use as an input to the computer model. Modelling insights are relevant to
a variety of furnaces and kilns.

    Date              Speaker                           Subject                      Venue
                   Mr Torbjorn van       Bolivar DAFF plant – coagulation and      Engineering
  8 March
                     Heeswijck                    flocculation of algae               House
  12 April         Mr Kevin Evans         Zoo operations – water management        Adelaide Zoo
                                           Predicting combustion and heat
   7 June            Neil Smith          transfer in furnaces with changes in
                                                       fuel type
   5 July         Prof John Ralston           Ian Wark Research Institute
  ? August        Dr Martin Kumar         Integrated Biosystems – aquaculture
                  Assoc Prof Keith                                                  Engineering
6 September                                  The Murray – Natural sys tems
                      Walker                                                          House
 4 October          Dr Liz Waters          Australian Wine Research Institute
8 November              TBA               Annual General Meeting and Dinner            TBA


FELLOWS LUNCH                                                                               21 JUNE
The Annual National IChemE in Australia Fellows Lunch is to be held at Parliament House,
Sydney. The guest speaker is Andrew Humpherson, MP, NSW State Member for Davidson and
Shadow Minister for Justice and Emergency Services. Mr Humpherson will discuss “Chemical
Engineering to Politics: infrastructure, solutions and public policy”. RSVP 27th May 2005. Contact
Jan Althorp ( for further information.

SAFETY WORKSHOP                                                                         27-28 JUNE
The IChemE Chemical Engineering Education Subject Group will hold a workshop on Process
Safety in Adelaide. The two-day meeting is being supported by Santos and will be held at Santos
House. The aim of the workshop is to share ideas and experiences of teaching process safety in
undergraduate chemical engineering programs. Participants will include academics from around
Australia, together with industry representatives working in the field of process safety. For further
information or to register, please contact Jan Althorp ( ) or the Chair of the
Subject Group, Prof David Shallcross (

CHEMECA 2005                                                                   25-28 SEPTEMBER
The annual chemical engineering conference, CHEMECA 2005: Smart Solutions – doing more with
less is to be held at the Hilton Hotel, Brisbane in September. Paper submission dates have already
passed, but those interested in attending should visit the conference website:

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                                                                                Dr Peter Ashman
                                                                                Newsletter Editor


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