1st Edition

The Practical Handbook of Compost Engineering

ISBN 9780873713733
Published July 23, 1993 by CRC Press
752 Pages

USD $315.00

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Book Description

The Practical Handbook of Compost Engineering presents an in-depth examination of the principles and practice of modern day composting. This comprehensive book covers compost science, engineering design, operation, principles, and practice, stressing a fundamental approach to analysis throughout. Biological, physical, chemical, thermodynamic, and kinetic principles are covered to develop a unified analytical approach to analysis and an understanding of the process. A brief history of the development of composting systems, which leads to descriptions of modern processes, is presented.

The Practical Handbook of Compost Engineering also discusses the elements of successful odor management at composting facilities, including state-of-the-art odor treatment and enhanced atmospheric dispersion. The book is excellent for all engineers, practitioners, plant operators, scientists, researchers, and students in the field.

Table of Contents

Composting Systems
Thermodynamic Fundamentals
Biological Fundamentals
Kinetics of Heat Inactivation
Feed Conditioning: Physical and Chemical
Aeration Requirements
Feed Conditioning: Energy
Substrate Biodegradability
Process Kinetics and Product Stability
Process Dynamics I: Development of Simulation Models
Process Dynamics II: The CFCM Stage
Process Dynamics III: Building the Complete System
Process Dynamics IV: Working with Bulking Agents
Design of Manifold Distribution Systems
Odor Management I: Quantifying and Treating
Odor Management II: Atmospheric Dispersion
Odor Management III: Completing the Odor Picture
Nomenclature Used in Computer Models
Simulation Modeling Results for Examples
Equations Used for Modeling Atmospheric Dispersion Coefficients

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