this application, the behaviour of a sewage plant is simulated.
Conceptions of waste water treatments are covered. In addition,
technical terms and basic knowledge about sewage plants are
included in the domain presentation.The application is part of
a series of courses about waste water technology and can be
used as starting and end point of such a course. The general
aim of the application is to improve students' comprehension
of a working sewage plant. By means of simulation and
graphical displays it is expected that students gain insight
in complex plants built from smaller components.
More specifically, learners should be able to apply in a
meaningful way technical terms and equations of waste water
technology. They are, furthermore, expected to be capable of
interpretation of graphs to judge states a waste water plants
In addition, learners should understand how to change
parameters of a disfunctional plant to reinstate the full
Other parts of the course cover physical basics (Archimeds
principle, density, pressure ..), biological basics (bacteria,
population dynamics, biological degration of organic material
...), technical basics (filling of a tank, steady state ...)
as well as detailed simulations of different parts of the
sewage plant (screen, primary and secondary settlement,
aeration tank ...). Additionally a HTML based dictionary for
the course has been set up which covers all technical terms
and basic definitions. This dictionary is accessible while
working with SIMQUEST. At the moment it only available in
German and not part of the English distribution.
Currently the animation can be used to set aeration and
backflow on and off by clicking into the word or icon/checkbox
in front of the corresponding word. All other input values
have to be set from the corresponding interfaces.