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Methane gas production is a function of volatile solids activity in anaerobic digesters. Increasing the solids retention time of the swine manure digester system without increasing the hydraulic retention time would theoretically increase the methane gas production efficiency. Coagulation treatments were performed on the effluent of the second digester in a system of two digesters in series .

The objective of this paper is to describe mathematically the relationship of the Coagulation treatments in the second digester to biogas production and volatile solids retention. An initial, single equation, ordinary least squares regression produced statistically significant parameter estimates, but failed to accurately describe the treatment activity occurring in the second digester. To assess the treatment activity of the second digester and account for the activity of first digester on the second, data was regressed through a simultaneous equation system. Both two-stage and three-stage least squares regression were examined .

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methane, coagulation treatments

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EVALUATION OF METHANE GAS PRODUCTION IN A SIMULTANEOUS REGRESSION SYSTEM

Methane gas production is a function of volatile solids activity in anaerobic digesters. Increasing the solids retention time of the swine manure digester system without increasing the hydraulic retention time would theoretically increase the methane gas production efficiency. Coagulation treatments were performed on the effluent of the second digester in a system of two digesters in series .

The objective of this paper is to describe mathematically the relationship of the Coagulation treatments in the second digester to biogas production and volatile solids retention. An initial, single equation, ordinary least squares regression produced statistically significant parameter estimates, but failed to accurately describe the treatment activity occurring in the second digester. To assess the treatment activity of the second digester and account for the activity of first digester on the second, data was regressed through a simultaneous equation system. Both two-stage and three-stage least squares regression were examined .