The use of aeration tank settling during high hydraulic loads on large wastewater treatment plants has previously been demonstrated as a reliable technique and proven valuable. The paper proposes a simplified deterministic model to predict the efficiency of the method. It is shown that a qualitatively correct model can be established. The simplicity of the model allows for on-line identification of the necessary parameters, so that no maintenance is needed to use of the on-line model for control.

The practical implementation on three plants indicates that implementation of STAR with ATS control gives 50% increase of plant capacity for 3% extra cost.

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