Mathematical modelling of a biofilter for BTEX compounds

dc.contributor.advisorZytner, Richard G.
dc.contributor.authorSterne, Lars
dc.date.accessioned2021-04-28T16:02:25Z
dc.date.available2021-04-28T16:02:25Z
dc.date.copyright1998
dc.degree.departmentSchool of Engineeringen_US
dc.degree.grantorUniversity of Guelphen_US
dc.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
dc.description.abstractA biofilter model was developed to predict the performance a biofilter treating benzene. Model parameter values were obtained from literature sources and both steady state and dynamic conditions were examined. The results indicate that the biofilter is most sensitive to interstitial velocity, biofilter height, specific surface area and first order biodegradation rate constant. Using the developed default set of model parameter values, dynamic biofilter performance was evaluated using a pulse input to the biofilter. If a benzene regulatory limit of 0.08 g/m$\sp3$ was imposed on the biofilter system, the biofilter modelled in this study would be able to successfully predict input pulse heights and the corresponding pulse duration. Recommendations for further study include, incorporating into the model Monod kinetics and inhibition to account for biofilters treating multiple contaminant input streams.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10214/25585
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherUniversity of Guelphen_US
dc.rights.licenseAll items in the Atrium are protected by copyright with all rights reserved unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subjectbiofilter modelen_US
dc.subjectperformanceen_US
dc.subjectbiofilteren_US
dc.subjecttreatmenten_US
dc.subjectbenzeneen_US
dc.titleMathematical modelling of a biofilter for BTEX compoundsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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