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Calibration of a kinetic model for wet air oxidation (WAO) of substituted phenols: Influence of experimental data on model prediction and practical identifiability

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Calibration of kinetic models of wet air oxidation (WAO) is usually performed through minimisation algorithms with respect to total organic carbon (TOC) experimental data. However, the reliability of the estimated value of the kinetic parameters is frequently not reported. Moreover, the influence of data quantity/quality in the kinetic parameters identifiability is not properly assessed. The objective of this study is to compare the calibration goodness of a proposed kinetic model when using one set of data (total effluent TOC [TOCeff]) or two sets of independent experimental measurements (total effluent TOC [TOCeff] and residual TOC of target pollutant [TOC[A]]). The systematic comparison was made using identifiability analysis with contour plots of both objective functions and the confidence intervals were calculated through the Fisher information matrix (FIM). The experimental data used in this study comes from a previous one, where WAO was investigated as a suitable precursor for the biological treatment of industrial wastewater containing high concentrations of o-cresol or 2-chlorophenol [M.E. Suarez-Ojeda, J. Carrera. I.S. Metcalfe, J. Font. Wet air oxidation (WAO) as a precursor to biological treatment of substituted phenols: refractory nature of the WAO intermediates, Chem. Eng. J. 144 (2008) 205-212.]. The results show that the model correctly fitted the experimental [TOCeff] in all cases with less than 6% as averaged relative deviation, either using one set of data ([TOCeff]) or two sets of independent experimental measures ([TOCeff] and [TOC[A]]) in the objective function. However, when using only [TOCeff], the model was not capable of fitting the proportion between [TOC[A]] and intermediates TOC. The obtained E-ACT for the calibration made with [TOCeff] and [TOC[A]] were 71 +/- 20 kJ mol(-1) (R-2 = 0.92) and 47 +/- 9 kJ mol(-1) (R-2 = 0.96) for o-cresol and 2-chlorophenol, respectively. However, when using just [TOCeff], the obtained E-ACT values were not in the range of the values reported in the literature and had smaller regression coefficients. Moreover, the calibration with just [TOCeff] presented a high correlation between the obtained rate constants, whereas the calibration with [TOCeff] and [TOC[A]] was statistically more reliable. As example, the D-criterion values are three to six times larger for the calibration made with ([TOCeff] and [TOC[A]] than for the calibration made only with [TOCeff], in the framework of OED/PE criteria, this is related to minimisation of the geometric mean of the identification errors. (C) 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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Author(s): Suarez-Ojeda ME, Metcalfe IS, Font J, Carrera J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Chemical Engineering Journal

Year: 2009

Volume: 150

Issue: 2-3

Pages: 328-336

ISSN (print): 1385-8947

ISSN (electronic): 1873-3212

Publisher: Elsevier BV


DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2009.01.006


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Funder referenceFunder name
CTM2005-01873/TECNOMinisterio de Educacion y Ciencia
JCI-2007-49-221Spanish Government
SGR05-00721GENOCOV group