Modelling of mechanical peeling of vegetables on the basis of energy consumption

Emadi, Bagher, Abbaspour-Fard, M.H., & Yarlagadda, Prasad K. (2007) Modelling of mechanical peeling of vegetables on the basis of energy consumption. In Salokhe, V.M., Jayasuriya, H.P.W., & Soni, P. (Eds.) International Agricultural Engineering Conference, 3-6, December 2007, Bangkok, Thailand.


Energy consumption model of peeling process is required to optimise main influenced factors as well as to limit peeling waste and consumed energy. Mechanical peeling process using an abrasive-cutter brush which applies both abrasive and cutting forces was modeled. Choosing the input and output variables which would be industrially applicable was attempted. Three variables, namely, angular velocities of abrasive-cutter brush (ωp), the degree of unevenness of produce surface (φ), and the shape of the abrasive-cutter brush (λ), were chosen as independent variables and the peel losses per unit time were chosen as the output of the model. The developed model was verified using the experimental results of peeling by abrasive-cutter brush for two varieties of pumpkin named Jarrahdale and Jap. The results showed correlation coefficients between predicted and experimental values of the Jap (0.98) and Jarrahdale (0.96) were statistically significant. It is concluded that the relationship among different parameters of the product and peeling tool and their effect on the peeling rate would be industrially applicable.

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ID Code: 12404
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Energy Consumption, Mechanical Peeling, Mathematical Modelling, Abrasive Cutters
ISBN: 9789748257488
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > FOOD SCIENCES (090800) > Food Engineering (090802)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 11 Feb 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:39

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