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The Theory of Sedimentation is an interdisciplinary field of research that investigates the build up of sediments. It implies knowledge of chemical engineering, mathematics, fluid mechanics, and physics. This book tries both to give an introduction on the level of graduate students and to be a reference book for researchers and practitioners. The content reaches from the explanation of basic concepts up to the documentation of ongoing research.


  • Introduction
  • Modeling  
    1. Theory of mixtures
    2. Sedimentation of ideal suspension
    3. Sedimentation with compression
  • Experimental design
  • Mathematical theory
    1. Riemann problem for a scalar conservation law
    2. Initial value problem for a scalar conservation law
    3. Riemann problem for a system of conservation laws
    4. Initial value problem for a system of conservation laws
    5. Mathematical theory for sedimentation with compression
    6. Mathematical theory for clarifier-thickener
  • Numerical simulation
  • Parameter Identification  


Bustos, M.C., Concha, F., Bürger, R and Tory, E.M., Sedimentation and Thickening: Phenomenological Foundation and Mathematical Theory, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, ISBN 0-7923-5960-7. September 1999.