Exponential Approximation of Consumption Rate of Carbon Source in Numerical Simulation of Microbial Depolymerization Process
This study demonstrates the validity of assumption that a part of microbial consumption is converted directly to
cells in microbial depolymerization processes. The exponential consumption of residual polymer in a culture medium is
incorporated in a numerical simulation of a microbial depolymerization process. Weight distributions obtained
experimentally were incorporated into inverse problems for a time factor and a molecular factor of a degradation rate. Once
those inverse problems were solved, a microbial depolymerization process was simulated. A mathematical model is described,
numerical techniques are described, and numerical results are introduced.
Keywords - Biodegradation, Polymer, Mathematical model, Numerical simulation, Inverse problem.