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Ecosystem Approach to the Simulation and Control of an Oil Refinery Waste Treatment Facility

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G. D. Martin

School of Mechanical Engineering and Center for Systems Science, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Okla.

R. J. Mulholland

School of Electrical Engineering and Center for Systems Science, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Okla.

K. W. Thornton

Department of Zoology and Center for Systems Science, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Okla.

J. Dyn. Sys., Meas., Control 98(1), 20-29 (Mar 01, 1976) (10 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3426979 History: Received November 08, 1975; Online July 13, 2010

Abstract

Ecosystems of a series of linked treatment ponds for oil refinery effluent are modeled by state variable techniques and simulated using a digital computer. The model response verifies the observed behavior of the pond series. A control philosophy, using pond series flow rate and feedback aeration, and a measure of system performance, using biological indicators, are both developed. A computer optimization search is conducted in order to maximize system performance.

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