Research labs

The Department houses high standard laboratory facilities where students and staff conduct their
research. A list of all the laboratories is provided as well as a description of the equipment in the
pilot plant and analytical laboratories:

Frikkie in the lab at Process Engineering, StellenboschLaboratories at the Department

  • Bioprocess engineering laboratories
  • Hydrometallurgy laboratory
  • Phase equilibrium laboratory
  • Pilot plant testing laboratory
  • Polymer processing laboratory
  • Pyrolosis laboratory
  • Pyrometallurgy laboratory
  • Ore dressing laboratory
  • Water laboratory
  • Water treatment & membrane laboratory

Equipment in pilot plant testing laboratory

  • Comminution pilot plant
  • Distillation columns
  • Electrostatic separator
  • Ethanol extraction pilot plant
  • Flotation pilot plant
  • Humphrey spirals
  • Hydrocyclones
  • Mini-brewery
  • Model size Peirce-Smith converter
  • Plascon pilot plant reactor
  • Steamgun equipment
  • Supercritical fluid extraction pilot plants
  • Water treatment pilot plants

Equipment in analytical laboratory

  • Accelerated surface area and porosimetry system
  • Atomic absorption spectrophotometer
  • Carbon and sulphur analyser (low concentration)
  • Gas chromatographs with thermal conductivity and flame ionisation detectors
  • Ion chromatograph
  • Karl Fischer moisture analyser
  • Liquid chromatograph with ultraviolet-, refractive index- and evaporative light scattering
  • detectors
  • Particle size analyser (laser diffraction)
  • Rheometer (research grade instrument with air bearing)
  • Thermogravimetric analyser
  • Ultraviolet spectrophotometers

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