TITLE

Model-based evaluation of nitrogen removal in a tannery wastewater treatment plant

AUTHOR(S)
Moussa, M. S.; Rojas, A. R.; Hooijmans, C. M.; Gijzen, H. J.; van Loosdrecht, M. C. M.
PUB. DATE
September 2004
SOURCE
Water Science & Technology;2004, Vol. 50 Issue 6, p251
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Computer modelling has been used in the last 15 years as a powerful tool for understanding the behaviour of activated sludge wastewater treatment systems. However, computer models are mainly applied for domestic wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs). Application of these types of models to industrial wastewater treatment plants requires a different model structure and an accurate estimation of the kinetics and stoichiometry of the model parameters, which may be different from the ones used for domestic wastewater. Most of these parameters are strongly dependent on the wastewater composition. In this study a modified version of the activated sludge model No. 1 (ASM 1) was used to describe a tannery WWTP. Several biological tests and complementary physical-chemical analyses were performed to characterise the wastewater and sludge composition in the context of activated sludge modelling. The proposed model was calibrated under steady-state conditions and validated under dynamic flow conditions. The model was successfully used to obtain insight into the existing plant performance, possible extension and options for process optimisation. The model illustrated the potential capacity of the plant to achieve full denitrification and to handle a higher hydraulic load. Moreover, the use of a mathematical model as an effective tool in decision making was demonstrated.
ACCESSION #
26997093

 

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