The comparison of different mathematical methods to determine the BOD parameters, a new developed method and impacts of these parameters variations on the design of WWTPs

Sibil R., Berkun M., BEKİROĞLU S.

APPLIED MATHEMATICAL MODELLING, vol.38, no.2, pp.641-658, 2014 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 38 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.apm.2013.07.013
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.641-658
  • Keywords: BOD, Mathematical modeling, Wastewater, Activated sludge, Aerated lagoon, C plus plus programming, ACTIVATED-SLUDGE PROCESS, OXYGEN SAG EQUATION, MODELS, STREAMS, DECAY
  • Yıldız Technical University Affiliated: Yes


One of the most common tests for the determination of strength and organic content of wastewater is the biochemical oxygen demand (BOO). This test is widely applied to define organic water pollution and to control the performance of wastewater treatment plants. Generally, BOD is standardized by the measurement of oxygen consumption in 5 days (BOD5). But, determination of the ultimate biochemical oxygen demand (BODu), which is taken 28 days and the reaction rate constant (k) are necessary to understand the organic strength of the wastewater. In this study, the different mathematical methods in order to determine the BOO parameters (BODu, k) and two different BOO test method (respirometer and dilution method) are investigated comparatively. Also, a new method based on cubic spline method to estimate ultimate BOD values is developed. Moreover, the impacts of BOD parameters on the design of an activated sludge and aerated lagoon systems are analyzed by using a written user-friend program, which is developed for designing WWTPs by the mean of C++ programming language.