Aeration tank settling is a control method allowing settling in the process tank during highhydraulic load. The control method is patented. Aeration tank settling has been applied in several wastewater treatment plants using the present design of the process tanks. Some process tank designs haveshown to be more effective than others. To improve the design of less effective plants, computational fluiddynamics (CFD) modelling of hydraulics and sedimentation has been applied. This paper discusses theresults at one particular plant experiencing problems with partly short-circuiting of the inlet and outletcausing a disruption of the sludge blanket at the outlet and thereby reducing the retention of sludge in theprocess tank. The model has allowed us to establish a clear picture of the problems arising at the plantduring aeration tank settling. Secondly, several process tank design changes have been suggested andtested by means of computational fluid dynamics modelling. The most promising design changes have beenfound and reported.
Water Science and Technology, 2006, Vol 53, Issue 12, p. 257-264
Aeration Tank Settling; Computational Fluid dynamics; Hydraulics; Multi-Fluid; Process Tank Design; Sedimentation; Two-Phase Modelling; Wastewater Treatment plant