Optimal estuary aeration: An application of distributed parameter control theory

  • Wayne Hullett
Environmental Systems
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4)


The concentration of dissolved oxygen in a river has come to be accepted as a criterion of water quality. In-water tests have shown that artificial aeration by means of in-stream mechanical or diffuser type aerators can be an economically attractive supplement or alternative to advanced wastewater treatment as a means of improving water quality.

This paper applies distributed parameter control theory to obtain the aeration rate that maximizes the dissolved oxygen distribution with the least control effort. Both the system state and the control input are distributed in space and time.

A mean square criterion functional is used which allows the optimal feedback control to be determined as a linear function of the state. The feedback gain is found as the solution to the infinite dimensional equivalent to the matrix Riccati equation. An analytic solution for the feedback gain is found for the non-tidal portion of the river, which is modelled by a first order hyperbolic equation. The estuarine portion is described by a diffusion equation, and a numeric solution obtained by approximating the diffusion equation with a finite dimensional system.

An example is given using historical data from the Delaware estuary, and the dollar cost of the optimal control is compared with other ad hoc control strategies.


Dissolve Oxygen Biochemical Oxygen Demand Aeration Rate Feedback Gain Optimal Feedback Control 


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1973

Authors and Affiliations

  • Wayne Hullett
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  1. 1.Librascope Systems DivisionThe Singer CompanyUSA

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