Abstract

The pH control in raceway reactors is crucial for an optimal performance of the system. Classical pH control is exclusively performed during the daytime period for cost saving reasons. This paper demonstrates that pH can be controlled 24 hours a day by using both a continuous-based and an event-based control approach, being able to improve the system's performance and reducing costs at the same time. Thus, experimental tests on a raceway reactor for several days are presented to show a comparison between traditional control algorithms during the daytime period versus an event-based control approach operating during both daytime and night-time periods. As a result, the combination of classical PI control for the daytime period and the event-based control for the night-time period is presented as a promising pH control architecture in raceway reactors.

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