Biofilm models for the practitioner

Eberhard Friedrich Morgenroth, M. C. M. van Loosdrecht, O. Wanner

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    Even though mathematical biofilm models are extensively used in biofilm research, there has been very little application of these models in the engineering practice so far. However, practitioners would be interested in models that can be used as tools to control plant operation under dynamic conditions or to help them handle complex interactions between particle removal, carbon oxidation, nitrification, denitrification and biological phosphorus removal. But even though there is a whole range of biofilm models available, it is difficult for the practitioner to select the appropriate modeling approach. Practitioners, experimenters and modelers should work together to identify the important processes that shoud be included in models. Guidance for model selection, calibration and application should be provided.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalWater Science and Technology
    Issue number4-5
    Pages (from-to)509-512
    Publication statusPublished - 2000


    • dynamic
    • model
    • Biofilm
    • practical application
    • multi-dimensional
    • one-dimensional
    • model selection


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