Efficient dynamic simulation of pH in processes associated to biofiltration of volatile inorganic pollutants
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This work proposes a generic methodology to include the pH as a state variable in mathematical models of bioreactors. An ordinary differential equation for pH is stated and introduced into the general model structure of a biotrickling filter. All chemical equilibriums were considered and included into the model framework. A preliminary evaluation was performed by comparing results predicted by the model with experimental data obtained from the oxidation of thiosulfate by sulfide-oxidizing bacteria under alkaline conditions. The model was able to describe adequately the evolution of the main state variables including the pH for the initial complete oxidation of thiosulfate. The methodology presented here can be easily adapted to other mathematical models dealing with biological waste treatment processes in which pH appears as a key factor.
CitationBaquerizo, G., Magrí, A., Illa, J., Bonilla-Blancas, W.C., Gonzalez-Sanchez, A., Revah, S. Efficient dynamic simulation of pH in processes associated to biofiltration of volatile inorganic pollutants. A: Duke - UAM Conference on Biofiltration for Air Pollution Control. "Proceedings of the 2010 Duke - UAM Conference on Biofiltration for Air Pollution Control". Washington DC: 2010.