Modelling the Compost Parameters During Mechanized Aerobic Fermentation

Vjekoslav Tadic*, Kurt Tomantschger, Dragan V. Petrovic, Rade L. Radojevic, Dusan Z. Radivojevic

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The article is focused on the behaviour of the basic properties of dairy cow's solid manure over the maturation period. The manure was exposed to mechanized
aerobic processing by mechanically turning-over. Performed analysis comprehended measurements of mass participation percentages of organic components, mineral matters, H 2 O, N, P 2 O 5 and K 2 O, as well as measurements of PH-values during the seven weeks of supervised test period of effective aerobic preparation of the composting material. Through maturation, large growth of averaged mass percentages of nitrogen, phosphorous-pentoxide and potassium-oxide, more than triple in comparison to the initial levels in a fresh solid, has been verified. Following a possible common approach in the scientific and technical practice, an analytical semi-empirical approach was
used in describing the changes over the time of manure properties during composting, supported by prototype of the machine Kompomat 1. Combining the analytical theory of diffusion partial differential equations and application of numerical methods to non-linear fitting of the experimental output data, it was verified that all acquired manure parameters follow an identical general exponential law (R 2all properties = 0,906 - 0,990; RMSEall properties = 0,010 - 2,544). Clear relationships between the values of basic parameters of solid manure under mechanized aerobic fermentation (y) and composting duration lap time (x) have been established.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1868-1875
Number of pages8
JournalTehnicki Vjesnik - Technical Gazette
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 29 Oct 2022


  • Manure, Aerobic treatment, Fitting function, Exponential law, Partial differential equation,
  • maturation
  • manure
  • compost
  • cows machine
  • diffusion equation
  • fertilizer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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