Benchmarking of Control Strategies for Wastewater Treatment Plants

Krist Gernaey (Editor), Ulf Jeppsson (Editor), Peter Vanrolleghem (Editor), John B. Copp (Editor)

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Wastewater treatment plants are large non-linear systems subject to large perturbations in wastewater flow rate, load and composition. Nevertheless these plants have to be operated continuously, meeting stricter and stricter regulations.
Many control strategies have been proposed in the literature for improved and more efficient operation of wastewater treatment plants. Unfortunately, their evaluation and comparison – either practical or based on simulation – is difficult. This is partly due to the variability of the influent, to the complexity of the biological and biochemical phenomena and to the large range of time constants (from a few minutes to several days). The lack of standard evaluation criteria is also a tremendous disadvantage. To really enhance the acceptance of innovative control strategies, such an evaluation needs to be based on a rigorous methodology including a simulation model, plant layout, controllers, sensors, performance criteria and test procedures, i.e. a complete benchmarking protocol.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherIWA Publishing
Number of pages120
ISBN (Print)9781843391463
Publication statusPublished - 2014
SeriesScientific and Technical Report Series

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