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Identifying process conditions in an urban wastewater treatment plant

David West (East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA)
Paul Mangiameli (The University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island, USA)

International Journal of Operations & Production Management

ISSN: 0144-3577

Article publication date: 1 May 2000



In treating both sewage and storm runoff, wastewater treatment plants are important to maintaining a healthy environment. If the plant operations managers do not respond correctly to plant conditions, environmental damage resulting in the deterioration of human health may be the result. Unfortunately, there are no formal models to help these managers; they rely upon their own intuition to manage the plants. The purpose of this paper is to investigate the effectiveness of various models, originally used for manufacturing, to detect process conditions in wastewater treatment facilities. We compare and contrast the performance of five statistical models and three neural network architectures. The data used in the research is 527 daily measurements of 38 sensor readings of the process state variables of an urban wastewater treatment plant.



West, D. and Mangiameli, P. (2000), "Identifying process conditions in an urban wastewater treatment plant", International Journal of Operations & Production Management, Vol. 20 No. 5, pp. 573-590.




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