Modeling alternative treatments systems for confined animal feedlot operations (CAFO) in Kansas
VTA portion of the model was analyzed for sensitivity and calibrated with three storms. The sensitivity analysis showed that the size of the VTA and conductivity of the soil in the VTA causes the greatest variability in the release of N, P, and COD. The calibration of the release of organic-N and P for mean particle diameter showed that a diameter of 1.5 µm produced the best agreement. The model was used for a lagoon and VTA system at two sites in Kansas with 35 years of weather data. The sites were located in Ottawa and Greenwood Counties, KS. The simulated results showed that the lagoon system performed better for both sites when comparing the mean values of total-N, total-P, and COD released over the 35 years. The VTA system performance was better when median values of total-P and COD were compared at Greenwood County. This model was designed for use in Kansas, but with modifications may be useful in other areas.
School:Kansas State University
School Location:USA - Kansas
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:feedlot runoff treatment systems model engineering agricultural 0539
Date of Publication:01/01/2007