Background: A reliable kLaO2 estimation methodology in bioreactors is a recurrent topic in the literature owing to the significance of this value, particularly in respirometric measurements. The most common methodologies for kLaO2 estimation consist of modeling the profile of dissolved oxygen (DO) obtained after a perturbation of the system aeration. Among them, the dynamic peroxide method (DPM), which consists of a small addition of peroxide hydrogen for a sudden increase in the DO level, is a promising methodology. Results: This work studies the reliability of kLaO2 estimates using DPM. Different experiments were performed with sludge cultures enriched with heterotrophs, nitrifiers and polyphosphate accumulating organisms (PAO). The influence of several operational conditions (i.e. air flow, sludge concentration, H2O2 volume addition) on kLaO2 estimates was studied and the reliability of DPM was compared with the widely used reaeration methodology. An application of DPM in the assessment of oxygen surface transfer in a mechanically stirred bioreactor is described. Conclusion: DPM is a reliable methodology for kLaO2 estimation that can be successfully applied to heterotrophs, nitrifiers and PAO without observing any inhibitory effect ([H2O2] ≤ 6mg L-1). © 2009 Society of Chemical Industry.
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