Development of an integrated population balance/hydrodynamic model to optimize the water-sludge separation process in wastewater treatment

15 October 2007 → 10 November 2008
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Engineering and technology
    • Catalysis and reacting systems engineering
    • Chemical product design and formulation
    • General chemical and biochemical engineering
    • Process engineering
    • Separation and membrane technologies
    • Sustainable and environmental engineering
    • Transport phenomena
    • Other (bio)chemical engineering
    • Biomaterials engineering
    • Biological system engineering
    • Biomaterials engineering
    • Biomechanical engineering
    • Other (bio)medical engineering
    • Environmental engineering and biotechnology
    • Industrial biotechnology
    • Other biotechnology, bio-engineering and biosystem engineering
waste water treatment membrane bioreactors modelling population balance model
Project description

This study deals with membrane bioreactors (MBR), combining biological treatment with membrane separation technology. An integral model will be developed describing the MBR processes, i.e. biological processes, filtration processes and changes in particle size of the activated sludge. For the latter a mechanistic submodel will be developed describing the changes in particle size distribution by using population balance models.