Pitfalls in Parameter Estimation for Oxygen Transfer Data

by William C. Boyle, (M.ASCE), Prof, Civ. and Envir. Engrg.; Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, WI,
Paul M. Berthouex, (A.M.ASCE), Asst. Prof., Envir. Engrg.; Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, WI,
Thomas C. Rooney, Res. Supervisor; Corporate R & D Group, Envir. Process Dept., Rexnord, Inc., Milwaukee, WI,

Serial Information: Journal of the Environmental Engineering Division, 1974, Vol. 100, Issue 2, Pg. 391-408

Document Type: Journal Paper


A consideration of methods employed to estimate the overall oxygen transfer coefficient and dissolved oxygen saturation value from nonsteady-state aeration tests is presented. The importance of good estimates of the dissolved oxygen saturation value is examined. Truncation of dissolved oxygen observations and its effect on oxygen transfer rate is revealed.

Subject Headings: Dissolved oxygen | Parameters (statistics) | Oxygen transfer | Steady states | Aeration

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