The paper presents an analysis and optimisation of a wastewater treatment benchmark. The benchmark is a simulation environment defining a plant layout, simulation model, influent data, test procedures and evaluating criteria that should be used for comparing different control strategies. In this paper an analysis of the benchmark which addresses the influences of potential manipulated variables on control performance under different operating conditions is presented. In the study optimisation is used to define the optimal values of the manipulated variables under constant as well as dynamic influent conditions. The results indicate that such an analysis and optimisation give important information about the manipulated variables under varying influent conditions and consequently about possible control strategies.

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