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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: DEVELOPMENT OF AN IN SITU-NON-INTRUSIVE, REAL-TIME FUEL-VALUE ESTIMATOR OF FEEDLOT BIOSOLIDS Project Number: 5438-41630-001-01
Project Type: Nonfunded Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Sep 01, 2009
End Date: Mar 31, 2013

Objective:
To apply sub-surface electromagnetic soil conductivity methods combined with other remote-sensing technologies to identify suitable feedlot bio-solids for direct combustion.

Approach:
Texas Agri-Life Research-Amarillo will provide extensive knowledge of combustion processes and properties related to cattle feedlot bio-solids as a fuel. Furthermore, Texas Agri-Life Research will coordinate with the Texas Cattle Feeders Association to facilitate access to commercial feedlots in the Texas Panhandle for sub-surface surveys, feedlot soil samples, and feedlot management information. Soil samples will be analyzed for combustion properties and chemical constituents by USDA-ARS and Texas AgriLife Research. Models relating soil sample constituents and combustion processes will be refined by Texas AgriLife Research and USDA-ARS scientists. Additional model development for attributes of the feedlot surface, such as depth of bio-solids accumulation, will be developed by Texas AgriLife Research and USDA-ARS scientists.

Last Modified: 11/26/2014
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