The effect of blanket thickness on extraction energy in sugarcane rolling mills: a finite element investigation

Adam, Clayton J. & Loughran, Jeffrey G. (2005) The effect of blanket thickness on extraction energy in sugarcane rolling mills: a finite element investigation. Biosystems Engineering, 92(2), pp. 255-263.

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Extraction of juice from shredded sugar cane is commonly performed using sets of counter-rotating rolls. Increases in crushing rate through factory mills have traditionally been achieved by increasing blanket thickness rather than roll surface speed due to concerns regarding loss of extraction efficiency at higher rolling speeds. Recent factory experience has shown that good extraction performance can be achieved at higher speeds than previously thought, provided that adequate drainage of expressed juice away from the rolls is provided. This study uses finite element methods to predict internal energy dissipation levels due to solid matrix deformation and liquid flow during rolling of prepared sugarcane, and to compare milling parameters for thick blanket, low speed rolling versus thin blanket, high speed rolling. The finite element results suggest that higher roll speeds and thinner blankets (than those currently used in industry practice) would maintain crushing rates and juice extraction levels while reducing roll load, torque, and power consumption, and decreasing frictional sliding between rolls and cane blanket.

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ID Code: 3709
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1016/j.biosystemseng.2005.07.004
ISSN: 1537-5110
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > MECHANICAL ENGINEERING (091300) > Mechanical Engineering not elsewhere classified (091399)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 22 Jun 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:13

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