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|Title:||Using a genetic algorithm to solve a bi-objective WWTP process optimization|
Espírito Santo, I. A. C. P.
Fernandes, Edite Manuela da G. P.
|Journal:||Operations Research Proceedings|
|Abstract(s):||When modeling an activated sludge system of a wastewater treatment plant (WWTP), several conflicting objectives may arise. The proposed formulation is a highly constrained bi-objective problem where the minimization of the investment and operation costs and the maximization of the quality of the effluent are simultaneously optimized. These two conflicting objectives give rise to a set of Pareto optimal solutions, reflecting different compromises between the objectives. Population based algorithms are particularly suitable to tackle multi-objective problems since they can, in principle, find multiple widely different approximations to the Pareto-optimal solutions in a single run. In this work, the formulated problem is solved through an elitist multi-objective genetic algorithm coupled with a constrained tournament technique. Several trade-offs between objectives are obtained through the optimization process. The direct visualization of the trade-offs through a Pareto curve assists the decision maker in the selection of crucial design and operation variables. The experimental results are promising, with physical meaning and highlight the advantages of using a multi-objective approach.|
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