Criteria establishing biofilm-kinetic types

Makram T. Suidan, Bruce E. Rittmann, Ulrich K. Traegner

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A graphical procedure for assessing the nature of substrate penetration within a biofilm is developed. This procedure, which is based on a measure of the effectiveness of substrate utilization by biofilm microorganisms, is used to determine when simple analytical solutions of biofilm models can be used accurately. These analytical solutions correspond to extreme values of bulk substrate concentration and cases where the biofilm is fully penetrated or deep. Minimum values of the effectiveness are related to biofilm thickness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)491-498
Number of pages8
JournalWater Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1987
Externally publishedYes


  • Monod kinetics
  • attached growth
  • biofilms
  • effectiveness factors
  • kinetics
  • penetration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Water Science and Technology
  • Ecological Modeling
  • Pollution
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Civil and Structural Engineering


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