Design of fixed-film processes with steady-state-biofilm model

Bruce Rittmann, P. L. McCarty

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Abstract

A single, fundamental model of biofilm kinetics is shown to be capable of accurately predicting the performance of large-scale, fixed-film processes for denitrification, methanogenesis, and aerobic oxidation. The reactor configurations are fluidized and fixed-bed filters and a rotating disc. The model, which is based on fundamental and independently obtainable parameters of bacterial kinetics and mass transport for a steady-state biofilm, requires no fitting factors. The biofilm model can help suggest useful processes, indicate when other processes will be unable to fulfill design requirements, and help design pilot and full-scale facilities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)271-281
Number of pages11
JournalProgress in Water Technology
Volume12
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1980
Externally publishedYes

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Biofilms
biofilm
Biological filter beds
Denitrification
kinetics
Kinetics
methanogenesis
Rotating disks
mass transport
denitrification
Mass transfer
filter
oxidation
Oxidation

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Design of fixed-film processes with steady-state-biofilm model. / Rittmann, Bruce; McCarty, P. L.

In: Progress in Water Technology, Vol. 12, No. 6, 1980, p. 271-281.

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