Dr Shane Usher

  • Room: Level: 01 Room: 118
  • Building: Chemical Engineering #2
  • Campus: Parkville

Research interests

  • Dewatering of particulate suspensions
  • Rheology of particulate suspension

Personal webpage

http://www.findanexpert.unimelb.edu.au/display/person5062

Biography

Current areas of research involve solid-liquid separation processes in a wide range of industries including mineral processing, water treatment, waste-water treatment and bio-sludges. Work is continuing on the development and validation of experimental characterisation methods and modelling tools for sedimentation, thickening, filtration and centrifugation applications. A strategic goal is to incorporate shear effects into characterisation methods and dewatering models, thereby enabling optimisation of dewatering processes.

Recent publications

  1. Cao B, Zhang W, Du Y, Wang R, Usher S, Scales P, Wang D. Compartmentalization of extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) solubilization and cake microstructure in relation to wastewater sludge dewatering behavior assisted by horizontal electric field: Effect of operating conditions. WATER RESEARCH. Pergamon-Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 130. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2017.11.060
  2. Skinner S, Stickland A, White L, Lester DR, Usher S, Scales P. Analysis of Centrifugal Settling of Strongly Flocculated Suspensions. 12th World Filtration Congress (WFC). 2016.
  3. Spehar R, Kiviti-Manor A, Fawell P, Usher S, Rudman M, Scales P. Aggregate densification in the thickening of flocculated suspensions in an un-networked bed. CHEMICAL ENGINEERING SCIENCE. Pergamon-Elsevier Science. 2015, Vol. 122. DOI: 10.1016/j.ces.2014.10.018
  4. Hunter TN, Usher S, Biggs S, Scalesb PJ, Stickland A, Franks G. Characterization of bed densification in a laboratory scale thickener, by novel application of an acoustic backscatter system. 7th World Congress on Particle Technology (WCPT). Elsevier BV. 2015, Vol. 102. Editors: Ge W, Han Y, Wang J, Wang L, Liu X, Zhou J, Li J. DOI: 10.1016/j.proeng.2015.01.206
  5. Scales P, Kumar A, Van Deventer B, Stickland A, Usher S. COMPRESSIONAL DEWATERING OF FLOCCULATED MINERAL SUSPENSIONS. CANADIAN JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL ENGINEERING. Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. 2015, Vol. 93, Issue 3. DOI: 10.1002/cjce.22137
  6. Zhang Y, Grassia P, Martin A, Usher S, Scales P. Designing thickeners by matching hindered settling and gelled suspension zones in the presence of aggregate densification. CHEMICAL ENGINEERING SCIENCE. Pergamon-Elsevier Science. 2015, Vol. 134. DOI: 10.1016/j.ces.2015.05.016
  7. Chellappan S, Rees CA, Devadas M, Usher S, Stickland A, Scales P. Determination of Breakthrough Concentration and Cracking Time during Drying of Wastewater Sludge. APCChE 2015 Congress incorporating Chemeca 2015. Institution of Chemical Engineers. 2015.
  8. Chellappan S, Usher S, Dassanayake K, Stickland A, Scales P, Rees CA, Devadas M. Implementation of ‘dry stacking’ operation in wastewater treatment sludge drying pans. OzWater 2015. Australian Water Association. 2015.
  9. Zhang Y, Grassia P, Martin A, Usher S, Scales P. Mathematical modelling of batch sedimentation subject to slow aggregate densification. CHEMICAL ENGINEERING SCIENCE. Pergamon-Elsevier Science. 2015, Vol. 128. DOI: 10.1016/j.ces.2015.01.066
  10. Skinner S, Studer LJ, Dixon D, Hillis P, Rees C, Wall R, Cavalida R, Usher S, Stickland A, Scales P. Quantification of wastewater sludge dewatering. WATER RESEARCH. Pergamon-Elsevier Science. 2015, Vol. 82. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2015.04.045
  11. Skinner S, Stickland A, Cavalida R, Usher S, Scales P. Sewage sludge dewatering properties for predicting performance of industrial thickeners, centrifuges and filters. APCChE 2015 Congress incorporating Chemeca 2015. Institution of Chemical Engineers. 2015.
  12. Scales P, Crust A, Usher S. Thickener modelling – from laboratory experiments to full-scale prediction of what comes out the bottom and how fast. 18th International Seminar on Paste and Thickened Tailings (Paste). Australian Centre for Geomechanics. 2015. Editors: Jewell R, Fourie A.
  13. Grassia P, Zhang Y, Martin AD, Usher S, Scales P, Crust A, Spehar R. Effects of aggregate densification upon thickening of Kynchian suspensions. Chemical Engineering Science. Pergamon-Elsevier Science. 2014, Vol. 111. DOI: 10.1016/j.ces.2014.02.013
  14. Jeldres RI, Toledo PG, Concha F, Stickland A, Usher S, Scales P. Impact of seawater salts on the viscoelastic behavior of flocculatedmineral suspensions. Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects. Elsevier Science. 2014, Vol. 461. DOI: 10.1016/j.colsurfa.2014.08.003
  15. Jeldres R, Scales P, Usher S, Stickland A, Toledo P, Concha F. Impact of seawater salts on the viscoelastic behaviour of flocculated mineral suspensions. IMPC 2014 - 27th International Mineral Processing Congress. 2014.

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