ASIM (Activated Sludge SIMulation Program) is a simulation program, which allows for the simulation of a variety of different biological wastewater treatment systems: Activated sludge systems with up to 10 different reactors in series (aerobic, anoxic, anaerobic), including sludge return and internal recirculation streams, batch reactors, chemostat reactors, etc. The program allows for the definition of process control loops (simple proportional controllers and on/off type controllers) and dynamic simulation of load variation (diurnal load variation, temperature variation, variation of operational parameters such as aeration, excess sludge removal, recycle rates etc.). Data analysis is supported by the possibility to compare observed data with simulation results in easy to use graphic support routines. Simulated results may be exported to spreadsheets for further treatment.
A menu driven user interface with marginal help information, graphic support and simple file handling makes the program easy to use in class rooms, research and commercial applications.
The special feature of ASIM is, that biokinetic models (the different materials or components used to characterize the wastewater and the transformation processes with relevant stoichiometry and kinetics) may be freely defined, stored and edited by the user. This allows the researcher to develop his own specific model and it allows the student to learn modeling by stepwise increase of model complexity. Simple as well as complex models are distributed together with the program in the model library. The distribution diskette includes copies of the Activated Sludge Model No.1 and No.2 as proposed by the IAWQ Task Group for Mathematical Modeling for Design and Operation of Biological Wastewater Treatment.
Examples of the application of ASIM are documented in the following publications:
ASIM was developed as a teaching program, it serves today for research and consulting as well. The program may be copied and further distributed as long as nothing is charged for this service. If the program is used for commercial purposes, it is considered to be fair if a contribution of SFr. 1000.- is made towards the cost of developing such programs.
The ASIM package includes a batch version of the program, which allows for the simulation of complex problems. A simplified version requires less RAM and may be useful in teaching. If you order version 3.00 from the author (and pay a nominal fee) you will be informed about further developments.
ASIM Version 3.00 exists in English only. Hardware requirements are specified in the following order form.Source of abstract: EAWAG, ASIM homepage http://www.eawag.ch/services_e/software/e_asim.html