Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Chemical Engineering (MS)

Administrative Home Department

Department of Chemical Engineering

Advisor 1

Timothy Eisele

Committee Member 1

Lei Pan

Committee Member 2

Audra Morse


Clothing made from synthetic materials shed fibers in washing machines, and these fibers find their way into the effluent water. These fibers can absorb toxic materials in wastewater treatment plants and can then carry these toxins into other aquatic environments.

It’s believed that a hydro cyclone could be scaled down enough to fit into a washing machine and could be used to filter out up to 80% of the microparticles from the effluent water. It’s proposed to investigate if a hydro cyclone can be used for this application. The overall goal was for the hydro cyclone to concentrate the micro plastics into a semi solid sludge. A hydro cyclone design and reservoir were designed and tested to show a system efficiency of up to 90%, and the reservoir was able to collect the particles in such a way that they could be disposed of in the trash.