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Bifurcational and dynamical analysis of a continuous biofilm reactor

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Title
Bifurcational and dynamical analysis of a continuous biofilm reactor
Abstract

A dynamical model of a continuous biofilm reactor is presented. The reactor consists of a three-phase internal loop airlift operated continuously with respect to the liquid and gaseous phases, and batchwise with respect to the immobilized cells. The model has been applied to the conversion of phenol by means of immobilized cells of Pseudomonas sp. OX1 whose metabolic activity was previously characterized (Viggiani, A., Olivieri, G., Siani, L., Di Donato, A., Marzocchella, A., Salatino, P., Barbieri, P., Galli, E., 2006. An airlift biofilm reactor for the biodegradation of phenol by Pseudomonas stutzeri OX1. Journal of Biotechnology 123, 464–477). The model embodies the key processes relevant to the reactor performance, with a particular emphasis on the role of biofilm detachment promoted by the fluidized state. Results indicate that a finite loading of free cells establishes even under operating conditions that would promote wash out of the suspended biophase. The co-operative/competitive effects of free cells and immobilized biofilm result in rich bifurcational patterns of the steady state solutions of the governing equations, which have been investigated in the phase plane of the process parameters. Direct simulation under selected operating conditions confirms the importance of the dynamical equilibrium establishing between the immobilized and the suspended biophase and highlights the effect of the initial value of the biofilm loading on the dynamical pattern.

Keywords
Bifurcation; Biofilm; Detachment rate; Dynamics
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Database: Elsevier - ScienceDirect
Journal: Journal of Biotechnology - Volume 135, Issue 3, 30 June 2008, Pages 295–303
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Physical Sciences and Engineering Chemical Engineering Bioengineering
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