School of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering

Electrolyte Short Course

Further information

Workshop dates


The University of Western Australia
Crawley Campus
Computer Science Building
Computer Room 201
Parking: Fairway, Entrance 4


Due to student holidays, you can park for free in the yellow parking bays.


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Electrolyte course

Understanding electrolyte solutions is relevant to water systems throughout many industries including oil and gas, water treatment and mining. This course will cover the underlying theory and modelling of electrolytes and common processes such as absorption, neutralization, precipitation, crystallisation and corrosion. There will be industry specific case studies to match participants’ areas of work.

The workshop sessions will feature short lectures focusing on specific topics, along with hands-on simulation examples and problem solving sessions. For these hands-on workshop sessions the commercial analysis and flowsheet software from OLI Systems, Inc., a world leader in simulation of electrolytes, will be used.

Typical applications of electrolyte modelling include prediction of mineral scale, precipitation, neutralization and pH control, leaching, waste stream cleanup, acid and flue gas treatment and absorption.

Who should attend this professional development workshop?

  • Engineers
  • Industrial chemists
  • Lab technicians
  • Professionals whose work includes the management and operation of facilities involving water

Relevant industries include oil and gas, mining and mineral processing, water treatment and other chemical and processing industries.

Workshop leaders

Andrew Vieler

Andrew Vieler BSc, MSc (Chemical Engineering)

Andrew has been involved in the application of thermodynamics to process, and pipeline design using both steady-state and dynamic simulation for over thirty years. Andrew's vast experience covers natural gas, oil refining, petrochemicals, oil sands, dairy and food industries, along with many years of aqueous electrolyte chemistry and its associated processes.

He has developed and taught simulation and engineering courses in many countries. He has been involved in testing and development of many process simulation and engineering programs and pioneered the use of personal computers in engineering in Europe during the early 1980?s.

His specialties include development of large simulation models, development of customised simulation and engineering courses for  Petronas in Malaysia, training of users of process simulation tools and application of aqueous electrolyte models in many areas.

Darren Rowland

Darren Rowland BSc (Hons), PhD

Darren has been modelling the thermodynamic and physical properties of electrolyte solutions for nine years. His work has focussed on developing equations of state, modelling complex reactive aqueous solutions and predicting solid formation.

Chemical speciation software developed by Darren has been purchased by international companies including Nalco (IL, USA).

Darren lectures in thermodynamics and has held workshops on chemical speciation modelling in the USA and South Africa.

Workshop timetable

Time Presentation
8.20am Registration, Welcome and Orientation
8.30am Session
10.30am Break
10.45am Session
12.30pm Lunch
1.30pm Session
3.30pm Break
3.45pm Session
5.30pm End

Day Subjects covered
Day One Introduction: basics, definitions and examples
History & Theory: Speciation, Thermodynamic models including Pitzer, Helgeson, elecNRTL, elecUNIQUAC
Examples: soluble salts and/or aqueous complexes, CO2 in water, complex acid base titration
Ion exchange
Stability diagrams
Day Two Neutralisation: waste stream, refinery overheads
Absorption: Flue gas treatment, natural gas treatment, sour water treatment
Corrosion: models and examples
Industry specific examples: e.g. Oil & Gas: scale, corrosion
Mining: Leaching, acid mine drainage

Fees and registration

Course description Date Fee (incl GST) Register
Electrolyte Short Course 24 July - 25 July 2017 $1,400 (15% discount for multiple registrations from the same company) Register
See also Gas Processing and LNG Workshop

Packages discount

Our industry courses are intentionally flexible to cater for your professional development needs – a 10% discount will be applied if you elect to attend more than one course.

Payment and cancellation policy

Registration fee includes: GST, registration, morning and afternoon refreshment breaks, lunch, software download, CD and a hard copy of the course material.

Accepted payment method is MasterCard or Visa only. A confirmation of your registration will be sent via email. Refunds on cancellations will only be offered under special circumstances. 50% of the course fee will be refunded if cancellation notice is given two weeks prior to the event.


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