Integrated membrane bioreactors modelling: A review on new comprehensive modelling framework.


Mannina G(1), Alliet M(2), Brepols C(3), Comas J(4), Harmand J(5), Heran M(6), Kalboussi N(7), Makinia J(8), Robles Á(9), Rebouças TF(10), Ni BJ(11), Rodriguez-Roda I(4), Victoria Ruano M(9), Bertanza G(12), Smets I(13).
Author information:
(1)Engineering Department, Palermo University, Viale delle Scienze, Ed.8, 90128 Palermo, Italy. Electronic address: [Email]
(2)Laboratoire de Génie Chimique, Université de Toulouse, CNRS, INPT, UPS, Toulouse, France.
(3)Erftverband, Am Erftverband 6, 50126 Bergheim, Germany.
(4)Catalan Institute for Water Research
(ICRA), Emili Grahit 101, 17003 Girona, Spain; LEQUiA, Laboratory of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, University of Girona, Campus Montilivi, 17071 Girona, Spain.
(5)LBE, Univ. Montpellier, INRAE, Narbonne, France.
(6)IEM, Univ. Montpellier, CNRS, ENSCM, Montpellier, France.
(7)Université de Carthage, Institut National ds Sciences Appliquées et de Technologie & Université de Tunis El Manar, Ecole Nationale d'Ingénieurs de Tunis, Laboratoire de Modélisation Mathématique et Numérique dans les sciences d'ingénieur, Tunis, Tunisia.
(8)Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Gdansk University of Technology, ul. Narutowicza 11/12, 80-233 Gdansk, Poland.
(9)Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Escola Tècnica Superior d'Enginyeria
(ETSE-UV), Universitat de València, Avinguda de la Universitat s/n, 46100 Burjassot, València, Spain.
(10)Engineering Department, Palermo University, Viale delle Scienze, Ed.8, 90128 Palermo, Italy.
(11)Centre for Technology in Water and Wastewater, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales 2007, Australia.
(12)Departament of Civil, Environmental, Architectural Engineering and Mathematics, Brescia University, via Branze 43, 25123 Brescia, Italy.
(13)Department of Chemical Engineering, KU Leuven, Celestijnenlaan 200F Box 2424, 3001 Heverlee, Belgium.


Integrated Membrane Bioreactor (MBR) models, combination of biological and physical models, have been representing powerful tools for the accomplishment of high environmental sustainability. This paper, produced by the International Water Association (IWA) Task Group on Membrane Modelling and Control, reviews the state-of-the-art, identifying gaps for future researches, and proposes a new integrated MBR modelling framework. In particular, the framework aims to guide researchers and managers in pursuing good performances of MBRs in terms of effluent quality, operating costs (such as membrane fouling, energy consumption due to aeration) and mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions.