This study proposes an integrated approach by combining a pattern recognition technique and a process simulation model, to assess the impact of various climatic conditions on influent characteristics of the largest Italian wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) at Castiglione Torinese. Eight years (viz. 2009-2016) of historical influent data namely influent flow rate (Qin), chemical oxygen demand (COD), ammonium (N-NH4) and total suspended solids (TSS), in addition to two climatic attributes, average temperature and daily mean precipitation rates (PI) from the plant catchment area, are evaluated in this study. Following the outlier removal and missing-data imputation, five influent climate-based scenarios are identified by K-means clustering approach. Statistical characteristics of clustered observations are further investigated. Finally, to demonstrate that the proposed approach could improve the process control and efficiency, a process simulation model was developed and calibrated. Steady-state simulations were conducted, and the performance of the plant was studied under five influent scenarios. Further, an optimization scenario-based method was conducted to improve the energy consumption of the plant while meeting effluent requirements. The results indicate that with the adaptation of suitable aeration strategies for each of the influent scenarios, 10-40% energy saving can be achieved while meeting effluent requirements.
Assessment of weather-based influent scenarios for a WWTP: Application of a pattern recognition technique / Borzooei, Sina; Miranda, Gisele H B; Teegavarapu, Ramesh; Scibilia, Gerardo; Meucci, Lorenza; Zanetti, Mariachiara. - In: JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT. - ISSN 0301-4797. - ELETTRONICO. - 242(2019), pp. 450-456-456.
|Titolo:||Assessment of weather-based influent scenarios for a WWTP: Application of a pattern recognition technique|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2019|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2019.04.083|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|
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