Modelling and control design for SHARON/Anammox reactor sequence

Borja Valverde Perez, Miguel Mauricio Iglesias, Gürkan Sin

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With the perspective of investigating a suitable control design for autotrophic nitrogen removal, this work presents a complete model of the SHARON/Anammox reactor sequence. The dynamics of the reactor were explored pointing out the different scales of the rates in the system: slow microbial metabolism against fast chemical reaction and mass transfer. Likewise, the analysis of the dynamics contributed to establish qualitatively the requirements for control of the reactors, both for regulation and for optimal operation. Work in progress on quantitatively analysing different control structure (pairing of controlled variables with manipulated variables) as well as exploring the feasibility of advanced process control including model predictive control.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 17th Nordic Process Control Workshop
PublisherTechnical University of Denmark, DTU Informatics, Building 321
Publication date2012
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event17th Nordic Process Control Workshop - Kongens Lyngby, Denmark
Duration: 25 Jan 201227 Jan 2012
Conference number: 17


Conference17th Nordic Process Control Workshop
CityKongens Lyngby
Internet address


  • Autotrophic nitrogen removal
  • Model predictive control
  • Multivariable control
  • Plantwide control
  • Modelling


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