BIOPROCESS AND BIOSYSTEMS ENGINEERING, vol.31, no.2, pp.111-117, 2008 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)
The performance of a biological Fe2+ oxidizing fluidized bed reactor (FBR) was modeled by a popular neural network-back-propagation algorithm over a period of 220 days at 37 degrees C under different operational conditions. A method is proposed for modeling Fe3+ production in FBR and thereby managing the regeneration of Fe3+ for heap leaching application, based on an artificial neural network-back-propagation algorithm. Depending on output value, relevant control strategies and actions are activated, and Fe3+ production in FBR was considered as a critical output parameter. The modeling of effluent Fe3+ concentration was very successful, and an excellent match was obtained between the measured and the predicted concentrations.