Unified analysis of biofilm kinetics

Makram T. Suidan, Yi Tin Wang

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Abstract

A simplified algebraic expression for biofilm kinetics is developed. This mathematical model assumes Monod-type biological kinetics and diffusive mass transport. The algebraic expression relates the concentration of substrate at the biofilm surface, and the thickness of the biofilm to the substrate utilization rate. The algebraic relationship is particularly suited for use in the design of biofilm processes such as trickling filters, rotating biological contactors, anaerobic filters, and fluidized or expanded-bed reactors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)634-646
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Environmental Engineering, ASCE
Volume111
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Science (all)

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