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A mill design concept for reducing bagasse moisture

Kent, Geoffrey Alan (2012) A mill design concept for reducing bagasse moisture. In Bruce, Robin C (Ed.) Proceedings of the 34th Conference of the Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists, Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists, Cairns, Queensland.

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    Abstract

    This paper describes the development and testing of a novel mill design to reduce the moisture content of bagasse. It takes advantage of gravity to separate juice from bagasse by pushing bagasse upwards while juice drains downwards under gravity. The potential of the design to reduce bagasse moisture content has not been adequately established. The prototype mill had limited power available that prevented typical delivery nip compactions from being achieved. Tests conducted did show a reduction in bagasse moisture but that moisture reduction is less than expected under ideal conditions. Work on the mill design has ceased, at least for the foreseeable future. The design does have potential to reduce bagasse moisture content but presents some engineering challenges to establish a reliable, low maintenance design alternative.

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    ID Code: 50569
    Item Type: Conference Paper
    Keywords: Mill, Dewatering, Moisture, Control
    Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > FOOD SCIENCES (090800) > Food Processing (090805)
    Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities
    Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
    Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists
    Copyright Statement: All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording or any information storage and retrieval system, without permission of the publisher.
    Deposited On: 19 Jun 2012 10:48
    Last Modified: 06 Feb 2013 19:57

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