In this paper a simple control strategy is applied to and assessed on the wastewater treatment benchmark. The controllers used in the presented control strategy are PI controllers, feedforward control and a step-feed procedure. The controlled variables are not directly the effluent concentrations but other process variables which have an effect on the effluent. The setting of set-points is also analyzed to select the values with the best performance. Set-point analysis has shown that with an optimal setting of set-points under stormy influent conditions, the achieved plant performance is also retained for rainy and dry influent conditions. The evaluation of plant performance indicates that with the proposed control strategy, a lower number of effluent violations has been achieved, as well as lower energy consumption and lower sludge production, when compared to results published up to now. Only the effluent quality criterion deteriorated.

This content is only available as a PDF.