Effect of depithing on the safety and environmental aspects of bagasse stockpiling

Rainey, Thomas J., O'Hara, Ian M., Mann, Anthony, Bakir, Hakan, & Plaza, Floren (2012) Effect of depithing on the safety and environmental aspects of bagasse stockpiling. Process Safety and Environmental Protection.

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Large scale sugarcane bagasse storage in uncovered stockpiles has the potential to result in adverse impacts on the environment and surrounding communities through hazards associated with nuisance dust, groundwater seepage, spontaneous combustion and generation of contaminated leachates. Managing these hazards will assist in improved health and safety outcomes for factory staff and reduced potential environmental impacts on surrounding communities. Removal of the smaller fibres (pith) from bagasse prior to stockpiling reduced the dust number of bagasse by 50% and modelling suggests peak ground level PM10 dust emissions would reduce by 70%. Depithed bagasse has much lower water holding capacity (~43%) than whole bagasse.

This experimental and modelling study investigated the physical properties of depithed and whole bagasse. Dust dispersion modelling was undertaken to determine the likely effects associated with storage of whole and depithed sugarcane bagasse.

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ID Code: 57892
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Depithing, Bagasse, Dust, Effluent
DOI: 10.1016/j.psep.2012.09.002
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CHEMICAL ENGINEERING (090400)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > Research Centres > Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Elsevier
Deposited On: 07 Mar 2013 22:28
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2013 18:51

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