Drying In Porous Media: Equilibrium And Non-Equilibrium Approaches For Composting ProcessesA. Pujol, S. Pommier, G. Debenest, M. Quintard, and D. Chenu
Veolia Environnement, Limay, France
IMFT, Toulouse, France
INSA Toulouse, Toulouse, France
To understand origins and consequences of drying phenomenon during composting, a compositional drying model of a partially water-saturated porous media coupled with biodegradation has been developed. The different simulations carried out under COMSOL Multiphysics demonstrate the ability of the model to well describe the compositional drying of a partial water-saturated porous media and point out the importance of drying in the control of organic matter biodegradation. Therefore, drying phenomena must be taken into account in composting models.
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