Updated Activated Sludge Model n°1 Parameter Values for Improved Prediction of Nitrogen Removal in Activated Sludge Processes: Validation at 13 Full-scale Plants
Abstract:The Activated Sludge Model n°1 (ASM1) is the main model used in simulation projects focusing on nitrogen removal. Recent laboratory-scale studies have found that the default values given 20 years ago for the decay rate of nitrifiers and for the heterotrophic biomass yield in anoxic conditions were inadequate. To verify the relevance of the revised parameter values at full scale, a series of simulations were carried out with ASM1 using the original and updated set of parameters at 20°C and 10°C. The simulation results were compared with data collected at 13 full-scale nitrifying-denitrifying municipal treatment plants. This work shows that simulations using the original ASM1 default parameters tend to overpredict the nitrification rate and underpredict the denitrification rate. The updated set of parameters allows more realistic predictions over a wide range of operating conditions.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: September 1, 2009
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