Significance of fluid regime and wetted area in biofilm reactors

Muslu Y.

APPLIED BIOCHEMISTRY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY, cilt.101, ss.177-195, 2002 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 101 Konu: 3
  • Basım Tarihi: 2002
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1385/abab:101:3:177
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.177-195


Mass transfer within microbial films was described using Monod-type biological kinetics in terms of properties of filter media and feed solution. The performance characteristics of a trickling filter were thus modeled. The model enables one to consider the effect of inlet substrate concentration and flow rate upon the removal efficiency. For this purpose a second-order partial differential equation describing the dispersion phenomena inside the liquid layer was solved under special boundary conditions and used to determine substrate flux into the biofilm. A uniform biofilm thickness was considered. The model is based on computer techniques and the numerical evaluation of the normalized biofilm mathematical model. A design procedure was also given to calculate biological filters. The numerical model was also applied to experimental data to demonstrate its validity.