Benchmarking procedure for full-scale activated sludge plants

A. Abusam, K.J. Keesman, H. Spanjers, G. van Straten

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Abstract

To enhance development and acceptance of new control strategies, a standard simulation benchmarking methodology to evaluate the performance of wastewater treatment plants has recently been proposed. The proposed methodology is, however, for a typical plant and that works under typical loading and environmental conditions. Thus, benchmarking a full-scale plant working under different situations is still a problem that needs to be solved. This paper proposes a data based approach to benchmark any specific full-scale activated sludge plant used for carbon and nitrogen removal and using real design, operational and performance data. The advantage of the proposed approach over the "one-typical-plant" approach, is that it takes into account the very specific design and operational characteristics of the plant that will be benchmarked. A real-world illustrative example is also presented in this paper
To enhance development and acceptance of new control strategies, a standard simulation benchmarking methodology to evaluate the performance of wastewater treatment plants has recently been proposed. The proposed methodology is, however, for a typical plant and that works under typical loading and environmental conditions. Thus, benchmarking a full-scale plant working under different situations is still a problem that needs to be solved. This paper proposes a data based approach to benchmark any specific full-scale activated sludge plant used for carbon and nitrogen removal and using real design, operational and performance data. The advantage of the proposed approach over the "one-typical-plant" approach, is that it takes into account the very specific design and operational characteristics of the plant that will be benchmarked. A real-world illustrative example is also presented in this paper. (C) 2003 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)315-322
JournalControl Engineering Practice
Volume12
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2004

Keywords

  • simulation
  • identification
  • control
  • waste water
  • oxidation ditches
  • performance indexes
  • performance
  • waste water treatment
  • purification
  • plants
  • oxidation ditch benchmark
  • waste-water
  • parameters

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