A mathematical model for a sequential batch membrane bioreactor pilot plant

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A mathematical model to quantify the nitrogen removal for a membrane bioreactor (MBR) has been presented in this study. The model has been applied to a pilot plant having a pre-denitrification MBR scheme. The pilot plant was cyclically filled with real saline wastewater according to the fill-draw-batch operation. The model was calibrated by adopting a specific protocol based on extensive field dataset. The Standardized Regression Coefficient (SRC) method was adopted to select the most influential model factors to be calibrated. Results related to the SRC method have shown that model factors of the efficiency of backwashing and the biological factors affecting the soluble microbial products (utilization-associated products) (namely, fUAP and KH,UAP) strongly affects the membrane resistance. In terms of model calibration excellent results in terms of model efficiency were found for the total membrane resistance model output (efficiency equal to 0.79). Regarding the biological model outputs acceptable were found in the case an high number of measured data was available. In terms of uncertainty, it was found that for the great part of the analyzed model outputs the measured data lay inside the uncertainty bands.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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