Development of a process-based subsurface bioreactor model

C. Jang, S. Gautam, R. A. Cooke, R. Bhattarai

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Subsurface Bioreactors are used to reduce nutrient transport from agricultural fields, mainly in the Midwestern United States. They are cost effective, have long lives, and can be operated to have no effect on drainage effectiveness. At present in Illinois, an empirical model, which relies on performance curves, is used to estimate bioreactor efficiency and nutrient reduction levels. Although temperature has a significant impact on denitrification, the model does not consider tile water temperature. This study introduces a process-based, daily time step, bioreactor simulation model that incorporates water temperature from DRAINMOD simulation with historical weather data. This model has a user-friendly interface, developed in Microsoft Excel using Visual Basic for Applications (VBA).

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - 2018
EventASABE 2018 Annual International Meeting - Detroit, United States
Duration: Jul 29 2018Aug 1 2018


OtherASABE 2018 Annual International Meeting
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Bioreactor
  • Microsoft Excel VBA
  • Nitrate reduction
  • Temperature
  • Tile drainage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Agronomy and Crop Science


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