Modelling of COD removal in a biological wastewater treatment plant using adaptive neuro-fuzzy inference system and artificial neural network

Civelekoglu G. , YİĞİT N. Ö. , Diamadopoulos E., KİTİŞ M.

WATER SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, vol.60, no.6, pp.1475-1487, 2009 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 60 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Doi Number: 10.2166/wst.2009.482
  • Page Numbers: pp.1475-1487


This work evaluated artificial neural network (ANN) and adaptive neuro-fuzzy inference system (ANFIS) modelling methods to estimate organic carbon removal using the correlation among the past information of influent and effluent parameters in a full-scale aerobic biological wastewater treatment plant. Model development focused on providing an adaptive, useful, practical and alternative methodology for modelling of organic carbon removal. For both models, measured and predicted effluent COD concentrations were strongly correlated with determination coefficients over 0.96. The errors associated with the prediction of effluent COD by the ANFIS modelling appeared to be within the error range of analytical measurements. The results overall indicated that the ANFIS modelling approach may be suitable to describe the relationship between wastewater quality parameters and may have application potential for performance prediction and control of aerobic biological processes in wastewater treatment plants.