The aim of conducting a LOD (Loss on Drying) test on cow dung is to determine the moisture content present in the sample.
Sample Preparation: Take a representative sample of cow dung. Ensure that the sample is homogenized by thoroughly mixing it to obtain a representative portion for testing.
Weighing: Accurately weigh an appropriate amount of the cow dung sample.
Prepare the Apparatus: Make sure the equipment is clean and calibrated.
Recording the Initial Weight: Place the weighed cow dung sample in the drying apparatus and record its initial weight.
Drying: Drying is carried out at a temperature between 100 to 105 degree Celsius till the weight is not constant.
Final Weighing: Weigh the sample again to determine the final weight.
Weight of Dish= 35.02g
Weight of Cow dung + Dish = 112.24g
Mass of Cow dung = 112.24g – 35.02g
Mass of Cow dung = 77.22g
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Final weight of Dried Cow dung = 48.42g – 35.02g = 13.4g
Calculate the percentage of moisture content in the cow dung sample using the following formula:
Moisture content (%) = [(Initial weight – Final weight) / Initial weight] x 100
Moisture content (%) = [(77.22g – 13.4g) / 77.22] x 100
Moisture content (%) = 82.64%
Solid content (%) = 17.36%
The moisture content in Cow dung is 82.64%.