The objective of this paper was to investigate the usefulness of new multi-criteria measures to evaluate a control strategy through the Benchmark protocol. Using a case study in which respirometry-based control strategies are evaluated, the proposed measures were calculated. An economic index including weighted investment and operating costs (termed Total Cost Index – TCI) appears more powerful than a grey-scale presentation approach. Using the latter approach, it is hard to reflect the relative importance of the criteria investigated, which makes practical decisions rather difficult. In addition, a Robustness Index (RI) is proposed that allows us to evaluate the transferability of control strategies to situations different from the ones defined in the benchmark protocol. Finally, the case study shows that it may be advisable to replace the currently used open loop benchmark reference by a plant in which dissolved oxygen is controlled in all aerated reactors. This quite simple strategy also turned out to be the best one among all evaluated strategies.

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