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Material Accountancy

  • Rudolf Avenhaus

Abstract

In this chapter, the basic idea of the establishment of a material balance is presented. For this purpose a material balance area, through which material passes in a given interval of time, is defined. In practice, a material balance area may be a material processing plant, a part of such a plant, or a well-defined part (“box”) of our environment. After the definition of the book inventory—initial physical inventory plus net flow, i.e., receipts minus shipments—the material accountancy principle is formulated; this principle holds that if no material has been lost or diverted, then the book and physical inventories at any given time should be equal. This is simply a consequence of the law of conservation of matter.

Keywords

False Alarm Material Balance False Alarm Probability Sequential Probability Ratio Test Random Loss 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rudolf Avenhaus
    • 1
  1. 1.Federal Armed Forces University MunichNeubibergFederal Republic of Germany

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