Modeling the system dynamics for nutrient removal in an innovative septic tank media filter
Abbreviated Journal Title
Bioprocess. Biosyst. Eng.
On-site wastewater treatment; Septic tank drainfield; Nutrient removal; System dynamics model; NATURAL SYSTEMS; FLOW; Biotechnology & Applied Microbiology; Engineering, Chemical
A next generation septic tank media filter to replace or enhance the current on-site wastewater treatment drainfields was proposed in this study. Unit operation with known treatment efficiencies, flow pattern identification, and system dynamics modeling was cohesively concatenated in order to prove the concept of a newly developed media filter. A multicompartmental model addressing system dynamics and feedbacks based on our assumed microbiological processes accounting for aerobic, anoxic, and anaerobic conditions in the media filter was constructed and calibrated with the aid of in situ measurements and the understanding of the flow patterns. Such a calibrated system dynamics model was then applied for a sensitivity analysis under changing inflow conditions based on the rates of nitrification and denitrification characterized through the field-scale testing. This advancement may contribute to design such a drainfield media filter in household septic tank systems in the future.
Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering
"Modeling the system dynamics for nutrient removal in an innovative septic tank media filter" (2012). Faculty Bibliography 2010s. 3521.