biofilm model Articles

  • Mathematical modelling of biofilms and biofilm reactors for engineering design

    Mathematical models are critical to modern environmental biotechnology—both in research and in the engineering practice. Wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) simulators are used by consulting engineers and WWTP operators when planning, designing, optimizing, and evaluating the unit processes that comprise municipal and industrial WWTPs. Many WWTP simulators have been expanded to include a submerged ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Development of a simplified model for the fixed biofilm reactor

    A simplified fixed biofilm model was developed to formulate the relationship between the substrate concentrations at both the entry and exit, at the biofilm–liquid interface and at the biofilm attached surface along with average substrate flux in the biofilm, substrate flux at the biofilm–liquid interface and effective biofilm thickness. The model considered the substrate mass transport ...


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  • Modeling phototrophic biofilms in a plug-flow reactor

    The use of phototrophic biofilms in wastewater treatment has been recognized as a potential option for development of new reactor configurations. For better understanding of these systems, a numerical model was developed including relevant microbial processes. As a novelty, this model was implemented in COMSOL Multiphysics, a modern computational environment for complex dynamic models. A ...


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  • Mathematical model of biofilm induced calcite precipitation

    Microbially modulated carbonate precipitation is a fundamentally important phenomenon of both engineered and natural environments. In this paper, we propose a mixture model for biofilm induced calcite precipitation. The model consists of three phases – calcite, biofilm and solvent – which satisfy conservation of mass and momentum laws with addition of a free energy of mixing. The model also ...


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  • Modeling trichloroethene reduction in a hydrogen-based biofilm

    We constructed a multispecies biofilm model for simultaneous reduction of trichloroethene (TCE) and nitrate (NO3−) in the biofilm of a H2-based membrane biofilm reactor (MBfR). The one-dimensional model includes dual-substrate Monod kinetics for a steady-state biofilm with multiple solid and dissolved components. The model has five solid components: autotrophic ...


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  • Modelling clogging and biofilm detachment in sponge carrier media

    Sponge carrier media provide a large surface area for biofilm support; however, little information is known about how to model their dual nature as a moving bed and as porous media. To investigate the interaction of mass transfer and detachment with bio-clogging, a novel biofilm model framework was built based on individual-based modelling, and hydrodynamics were modelled using the lattice ...


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  • Biofilm carrier migration model describes reactor performance

    The accuracy of a biofilm reactor model depends on the extent to which physical system conditions (particularly bulk-liquid hydrodynamics and their influence on biofilm dynamics) deviate from the ideal conditions upon which the model is based. It follows that an improved capacity to model a biofilm reactor does not necessarily rely on an improved biofilm model, but does rely on an improved ...


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  • Biofilm Growth-Percolation Models and Channeling in Biofilter Clogging

    Biomass accumulation is a load-limiting factor in the operation of biofilters used for air pollution control. As the biofilm thickens, portions at the base are no longer exposed to contaminants and oxygen and, thus, provide no treatment. Smaller pores are filled with biomass so that air no longer flows into them. As airflow paths are restricted, air may be prevented from reaching some pores even ...

  • Modelling ammonium-oxidizing population shifts in a biofilm reactor

    The dynamic reactor behaviour of a nitrifying inverse turbulent bed reactor, operated at varying loading rate, was described with a one-dimensional two-step nitrification biofilm model. In contrast with conventional biofilm models, this model includes the competition between two genetically different populations of ammonia-oxidizing bacteria (AOB), besides nitrite-oxidizing bacteria (NOB). ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • A framework for good biofilm reactor modeling practice (GBRMP)

    A researcher or practitioner can employ a biofilm model to gain insight into what controls the performance of a biofilm process and for optimizing its performance. While a wide range of biofilm-modeling platforms is available, a good strategy is to choose the simplest model that includes sufficient components and processes to address the modeling goal. In most cases, a one-dimensional biofilm ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Effective dispersion in channelled biofilms

    Heterogeneous biofilms may arise because of non-uniform biofilm growth. When considering multiple-scale problems involving biofilms, a direct simulation of the flow in the heterogeneous biofilm is not tractable. This calls for an averaged description of the flow and transport in such heterogeneous biofilms. This paper presents a theoretical derivation of the transport equations in such ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • An experimentally validated immersed boundary model of fluid–biofilm interaction

    Biofllms are colonies of microorganisms that live on wetted surfaces in a matrix consisting of polysaccharides, proteins, and nucleic acids. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), biofilms play a role in over 80 percent of microbial infections in the body and these infections are remarkably difficult to treat with antimicrobial compounds. The objective here is to understand and ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Predicting N2O emissions from nitrifying and denitrifying biofilms: a modeling study

    Wastewater treatment plants can be significant sources of nitrous oxide (N2O), a potent greenhouse gas. While our understanding of N2O emissions from suspended-growth processes has advanced significantly, less is known about emissions from biofilm processes. Biofilms may behave differently due to their substrate gradients and microbial stratification. In this study, we used mathematical ...


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  • Systematic evaluation of biofilm models for engineering practice: components and critical assumptions

    Biofilm models are valuable tools for the design and evaluation of biofilm-based processes despite several uncertainties including the dynamics and rate of biofilm detachment, concentration gradients external to the biofilm surface, and undefined biofilm reactor model calibration protocol. The present investigation serves to (1) systematically evaluate critical biofilm model assumptions and ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Influence of the shear stress and salinity on Anammox biofilms formation: Modelling results

    Anammox biomass has a relatively long duplication time and low yield. This is an advantage because the production of surplus sludge is reduced; however it also implies that the process must be operated in reactors with very good sludge retention. Some of the systems used to improve biomass retention are based on biofilm reactors; therefore, the objective of this work was to study the ability of ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Effects of phosphorus on biofilm disinfections in model drinking water distribution systems

    Drinking water biofilm development is affected by the available nutrient levels and the presence of disinfectants. Phosphorus is recognized as another important limiting nutrient besides organic carbon. In this study, drinking water biofilms were developed in annular reactors to examine the effects of phosphorus on the biofilm disinfections with free chlorine and monochloramine. Phosphorus ...


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  • Simulating accumulation of biofilms in biotrickling filter

    Accumulations and spatial and dynamic variations of biofilms in the media of a biotrickling filter were simulated using mathematical models for Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) removal. Toluene was selected as the model VOC. Effects of toluene concentration and gas Empty Bed Contact Time (EBCT) on VOC removal were also investigated. Results showed that biofilm thickness increased with increased ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Modelling of moving bed biofilm membrane reactors (MBBMR) for on-site greywater treatment

    The study evaluates with a mechanistic model the pilot plant results of a combined moving bed biofilm process and membrane filtration (MBBMR) treating single household greywater. It mainly includes the simulation of reactor hydraulics, degradation of pollutants, development of biomass and settlement of sludge. Iterative calibration was made with steady-state results of a 10-month pilot test. The ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Cellular automata-based modelling and simulation of biofilm structure on multi-core computers

    The article presents a mathematical model of biofilm growth for aerobic biodegradation of a toxic carbonaceous substrate. Modelling of biofilm growth has fundamental significance in numerous processes of biotechnology and mathematical modelling of bioreactors. The process following double-substrate kinetics with substrate inhibition proceeding in a biofilm has not been modelled so far by means ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Linking discolouration modelling and biofilm behaviour within drinking water distribution systems

    High quality drinking water exits modern treatment works, yet water quality degradation such as discolouration continues to occur within drinking water distribution systems (DWDS). Discolouration is observed globally, suggesting a common process despite variations in source, treatment, disinfection and network configurations. The primary cause of discolouration has been identified as ...


    By IWA Publishing

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