TY - CONF

T1 - Uncertainty of a biological nitrogen and phosphorus removal model

AU - Viviani, Gaspare

AU - Cosenza, Alida

AU - Mannina, Giorgio

PY - 2010

Y1 - 2010

N2 - In the last few years, the use of mathematical models in wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) processes has become a common way to predict WWTP behaviour. However, mathematical models generally demand advanced input for their implementation that must be evaluated by an extensive data gathering campaign, which cannot always be carried out. This fact, together with the intrinsic complexity of the model structure, leads to model results that may be very uncertain. Quantification of the uncertainty is imperative. However, despite the importance of uncertainty quantification, only a few studies have been carried out in the wastewater treatment field, and those studies only included a few of the sources of model uncertainty. This paper presents an uncertainty assessment of a mathematical model simulating biological nitrogen and phosphorus removal. The uncertainty assessment was conducted according to the Generalised Likelihood Uncertainty Estimation (GLUE) methodology. The model was based on Activated-Sludge Models 1 (ASM) and 2 (ASM2). Different approaches can be used for uncertainty analysis. In the present study, the GLUE procedure was employed. The GLUE methodology requires a large number of Monte Carlo simulations in which a random sampling of individual parameters drawn from probability distributions is used to determine a set of parameter values. Using this approach, model reliability was evaluated based on its capacity to globally limit the uncertainty. The method was applied to a full-scale WWTP for which quantity-quality data were gathered.

AB - In the last few years, the use of mathematical models in wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) processes has become a common way to predict WWTP behaviour. However, mathematical models generally demand advanced input for their implementation that must be evaluated by an extensive data gathering campaign, which cannot always be carried out. This fact, together with the intrinsic complexity of the model structure, leads to model results that may be very uncertain. Quantification of the uncertainty is imperative. However, despite the importance of uncertainty quantification, only a few studies have been carried out in the wastewater treatment field, and those studies only included a few of the sources of model uncertainty. This paper presents an uncertainty assessment of a mathematical model simulating biological nitrogen and phosphorus removal. The uncertainty assessment was conducted according to the Generalised Likelihood Uncertainty Estimation (GLUE) methodology. The model was based on Activated-Sludge Models 1 (ASM) and 2 (ASM2). Different approaches can be used for uncertainty analysis. In the present study, the GLUE procedure was employed. The GLUE methodology requires a large number of Monte Carlo simulations in which a random sampling of individual parameters drawn from probability distributions is used to determine a set of parameter values. Using this approach, model reliability was evaluated based on its capacity to globally limit the uncertainty. The method was applied to a full-scale WWTP for which quantity-quality data were gathered.

KW - activated sludge models

KW - calibration

KW - nitrogen phosphorus removal

KW - uncertainty analysis

KW - wastewater modelling

KW - activated sludge models

KW - calibration

KW - nitrogen phosphorus removal

KW - uncertainty analysis

KW - wastewater modelling

UR - http://hdl.handle.net/10447/52617

M3 - Other

SP - 1

EP - 9

ER -