Optimization of control parameters for petroleum waste composting

Ying MA, Jia-yao ZHANG, Ming Hung WONG, Wen-zhong WU

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Composting is being widely employed in the treatment of petroleum waste. The purpose of this study was to find the optimum control parameters for petroleum waste in-vessel composting. Various physical and chemical parameters were monitored to evaluate their influence on the microbial communities present in composting. The CO₂ evolution and the number of microorganisms were measured as the activity of composting. The results demonstrated that the optimum temperature, pH and moisture content were 56.5 - 59.5°C, 7.0 - 8.5 and 55% - 60%, respectively. Under the optimum conditions, the removal efficiency of petroleum hydrocarbon reached 83. 29% after 30 days composting. Copyright © 2001 IOS Press.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)385-390
JournalJournal of Environmental Sciences
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2001


Ma, Y., Zhang, J.-Y., Wong, M.-H., & Wu, W.-Z. (2001). Optimization of control parameters for petroleum waste composting. Journal of Environmental Sciences, 13(4), 385-390.


  • Optimization
  • Control parameters
  • Petroleum waste
  • Composting


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