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Aeration and Substrate Utilization in a Sparged Packed-Bed Biofilm Reactor
Kun M. Lee and H. David Stensel
Journal (Water Pollution Control Federation)
Vol. 58, No. 11 (Nov., 1986), pp. 1066-1072
Published by: Water Environment Federation
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25043125
Page Count: 7
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A mathematical mechanistic model describes both aeration and substrate removal in a sparged packed-bed biofilm reactor. The model describes oxygen transfer by two simultaneous pathways: bulk liquid oxygen dissolution and interfacial oxygen transfer. Substrate removal rate, oxygen utilization rate, dissolved oxygen and substrate concentration profiles, and oxygen transfer efficiency for different air sparging and organic loading conditions were determined by the model simulation. Model simulation results agreed closely with laboratory experimental results over a wide range of aeration and organic loading rate conditions. This close agreement was the result of including the interfacial oxygen transfer pathway in the model.
Journal (Water Pollution Control Federation) © 1986 Water Environment Federation