Model Sensitivity Analysis for Biotrickling Filter Treatment of Graywater Simulant and Waste Gas. II Academic Article uri icon


  • A detailed sensitivity analysis was conducted to identify key parameters for a biotrickling filter simultaneously treating graywater and waste gas containing ammonia and hydrogen sulfide contaminants. Sampling-based approaches were applied to quantitatively assess the sensitivity of both design and intrinsic model parameters. Specifically, the sensitivity of contaminant removal rates under system conditions was investigated. Results suggested that contaminant removal rates can be substantially improved by increasing the fraction of wetted area in a biotrickling filter. Although recirculation flow rate is insensitive when considering liquid contaminant removal, increasing this parameter improves gas removal efficiency and also increases wetted area within the biotrickling filter. Reactor performance can also be improved by increasing gas and liquid residence times. Contaminant diffusivity through the biofilm is an important parameter and should be accurately assessed. This study differentiated key from insignificant biotrickling filter reactor design parameters for the biotrickling filter and provides guidance for similar research applications. 2008 ASCE.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Environmental Engineering

author list (cited authors)

  • Sharvelle, S., Arabi, M., Banks, M. K., & Mannering, F.

citation count

  • 3

complete list of authors

  • Sharvelle, Sybil||Arabi, Mazdak||Banks, M Katherine||Mannering, Fred

publication date

  • October 2008