Modelling is considered to be an inherent part of the design and operation of a wastewater treatment system. The models used in practice range from conceptual models and physical design models (laboratory-scale or pilot-scale reactors) to empirical or mechanistic mathematical models. These mathematical models can be used during the design, operation and optimisation of a wastewater treatment system. To do so, a good software tool is indispensable. WEST is a general modelling and simulation environment and can, together with a model base, be used for this task. The model base presented here is specific for biological wastewater treatment and is written in MSL-USER. In this high-level object-oriented language, the dynamics of systems can be represented along with symbolic information. In WEST's graphical modelling environment, the physical layout of the plant can be rebuilt, and each building block can be linked to a specific model from the model base. The graphical information is then combined with the information in the model base to produce MSL-EXEC code, which can be compiled with a C++ compiler. In the experimentation environment, the user can design different experiments, such as simulations and optimisations of, for instance, designs, controllers and model fits to data (calibration).

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