Adequate models for wastewater treatment are limited by the cost of constructing them. Many a time, studies carried out on wastewater treatment plants have not been very useful in enhancing their performance. As a result, numerous mathematical models presented by different researchers on sedimentation tanks and clarifiers have not been getting much attention. Recently, improvement in computers and computational techniques have led to the development of a new generation of highly efficient programs for simulating real fluid flow within any type of geometry including clarifiers and activated sludge reactors. Herein, a computational fluid dynamics code, PHOENICS, is used to determine the performance of an anaerobic zone in an activated sludge reactor. Plausible results were achieved when experimental data were compared with numerical results.

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