Journal article

Sludge population optimisation: a new dimension for the control of biological wastewater treatment systems

ZG Yuan, LL Blackall

WATER RESEARCH | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2002

Abstract

The activated sludge comprises a complex microbiological community. The structure (what types of microorganisms are present) and function (what can the organisms do and at what rates) of this community are determined by external physico-chemical features and by the influent to the sewage treatment plant. The external features we can manipulate but rarely the influent. Conventional control and operational strategies optimise activated sludge processes more as a chemical system than as a biological one. While optimising the process in a short time period, these strategies may deteriorate the long-term performance of the process due to their potentially adverse impact on the microbial propertie..

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