Multi-variate analysis of frictional interaction between grooved rollers and prepared sugarcane

Adam, Clayton J. & Loughran, Jeffrey G. (2004) Multi-variate analysis of frictional interaction between grooved rollers and prepared sugarcane. International Journal of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, 47(5), pp. 1611-1618.


The Australian sugar industry utilizes rolling almost exclusively for extraction of sucrose from prepared sugarcane. The feeding and extraction performance of rolling mills is strongly dependent on the friction coefficient between counter-rotating rolls and the fibro-porous sugarcane blanket. Rolls are circumferentially grooved and roughened with weld droplets to assist juice drainage and maximize friction between rolls and blanket. Previous investigators have performed experimental measurements of the friction coefficient between metal surfaces and prepared cane or bagasse. This article develops a multi-variate empirical regression equation based on the experimental measurements of previous investigators to describe the dependence of the interfacial friction coefficient on normal pressure, groove angle, and relative rubbing speed. The friction coefficient was found to decrease exponentially with increasing normal pressure, decrease linearly with increasing rubbing speed, and increase with decreasing groove angle in accordance with simple wedge theory.

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ID Code: 3711
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Friction Coefficient, Mill Feeding, Roller Grooving, Sugarcane Crushing
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 2004 The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE)
Deposited On: 16 Mar 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:04

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