Hassan E. Alfadala

Qatar University, Ad Dawḩah, Baladīyat ad Dawḩah, Qatar

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Publications (2)3.19 Total impact

  • Farouq S Mjalli, S Al-Asheh, H E Alfadala
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    ABSTRACT: A reliable model for any wastewater treatment plant is essential in order to provide a tool for predicting its performance and to form a basis for controlling the operation of the process. This would minimize the operation costs and assess the stability of environmental balance. This process is complex and attains a high degree of nonlinearity due to the presence of bio-organic constituents that are difficult to model using mechanistic approaches. Predicting the plant operational parameters using conventional experimental techniques is also a time consuming step and is an obstacle in the way of efficient control of such processes. In this work, an artificial neural network (ANN) black-box modeling approach was used to acquire the knowledge base of a real wastewater plant and then used as a process model. The study signifies that the ANNs are capable of capturing the plant operation characteristics with a good degree of accuracy. A computer model is developed that incorporates the trained ANN plant model. The developed program is implemented and validated using plant-scale data obtained from a local wastewater treatment plant, namely the Doha West wastewater treatment plant (WWTP). It is used as a valuable performance assessment tool for plant operators and decision makers. The ANN model provided accurate predictions of the effluent stream, in terms of biological oxygen demand (BOD), chemical oxygen demand (COD) and total suspended solids (TSS) when using COD as an input in the crude supply stream. It can be said that the ANN predictions based on three crude supply inputs together, namely BOD, COD and TSS, resulted in better ANN predictions when using only one crude supply input. Graphical user interface representation of the ANN for the Doha West WWTP data is performed and presented.
    Journal of Environmental Management 06/2007; 83(3):329-38. DOI:10.1016/j.jenvman.2006.03.004 · 3.19 Impact Factor
  • Sameer Al-Asheh, Farouq Sabri Mjalli, Hassan E. Alfadala
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    ABSTRACT: We consider the problem of predicting the future behavior of wastewater treatment plant quality indicators by creating prediction models using historical plant data. One of the main aims of this work is to be able to predict plant operational situations in advance so that corrective actions can be taken in time. Sets of historical plant data, such as BOD, COD and TSS were collected for a local wastewater treatment plant in Doha, the capital of the State of Qatar. These variables characterize the performance of any wastewater treatment plant and can be considered as quality indicators of the plant performance. Data were collected over a period of 4 years for the influent and effluent streams of the station. The plant influent and effluent predictions were performed using different techniques. These include time-series analysis, where the ARIMA (Autoregressive Integrated Moving Average) model was implemented in this case, and two Artificial Neural Networks (ANN) algorithms, namely Adaptive Linear Neuron networks (ADALINE) and Multi-layer Feedforward (ML-FF) neural networks. The predictions from the three techniques were presented and compared. The ML-FF model predictions proved to be more reliable than that of the equivalent ARIMA predictions followed by the ADALINE predictions, particularly for the finial effluent stream variables. Copyright © 2007 The Berkeley Electronic Press. All rights reserved.
    Chemical Product and Process Modeling 01/2007; 2(3). DOI:10.2202/1934-2659.1063

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64 Citations
3.19 Total Impact Points


  • 2007
    • Qatar University
      • Department of Chemical Engineering
      Ad Dawḩah, Baladīyat ad Dawḩah, Qatar