The P-graph approach for systematic synthesis of wastewater treatment networks

Yenkie, K.M. ✉; Pimentel, J. [Pimentel, Jean (Process synthesis...), author] Department of Chemical and Environmental Proces... (BUTE / FCTB); Orosz, Á. [Orosz, Ákos (Műszaki rendszere...), author]; Cabezas, H. [Cabezas, Heriberto (sustainability, p...), author] Research Institute of Applied Earth Sciences (ME); Friedler, F. [Friedler, Ferenc (Műszaki termelő r...), author] Járműipari Kutatóközpont

English Scientific Article (Journal Article)
Published: AICHE JOURNAL 0001-1541 1547-5905 67 (7) Paper: e17253 2021
  • SJR Scopus - Biotechnology: Q1
Wastewater treatment consists of three or four sequential stages: preliminary, primary, secondary, and tertiary. Each stage can comprise multiple alternative technologies that can perform the same tasks with different efficiencies, operating times, and costs. Thus, we propose a systematic approach for designing wastewater treatment networks by utilizing principles of mathematical modeling and generating an exhaustive enumeration of all the possible technologies and their connections during the early stages of designing a treatment facility. Some of these structures are nonintuitive and include recycling, reprocessing, bypasses, and multiple technologies in parallel or series to remove the same contaminant. The nonintuitive structures with multiple technologies may provide a measure of resilience compared to typical heuristic designs. Thus, the combination of P-graph methodology and the sequence of treatment technologies predicted via the optimization algorithm from the maximal structure is based on holistic considerations and does not lead to suboptimal solutions. © 2021 American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
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