Developments in mud filtration technology in the sugarcane industry

Rainey, Thomas J., Thaval, Omkar P., & Rackemann, Darryn W. (2014) Developments in mud filtration technology in the sugarcane industry. In Webb, Eleanore (Ed.) Sugarcane : Production, Consumption and Agricultural Management System. Nova Science Publishers, Hauppage, New York, pp. 263-292.

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Dirt collected with sugarcane is processed and separated from the juice in the sugar factory by filtration equipment for return to the cane fields. New technologies over the past decade have enabled performance improvements to be obtained for this key unit operation. Filter mud product still contains a reasonable amount of sugar and the transportation of high moisture mud product has considerable cost. Australia’s traditional approach has been to use Rotary Vacuum Filters for processing and separating mud and other impurities from juice, but in recent years there has been interest in reducing sugar losses and transportation costs through utilisation of new technologies such as Horizontal Bed Filters, Vacuum Belt Press Filters, Membrane Press Filters and Centrifuges. Increasingly, these alternative equipment are being installed in new factories. This chapter describes the general principles of mud filtration theory and mud conditioning followed by a detailed description and review of the various filtration technologies and analysis of the relative merits associated with the equipment.

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ID Code: 75614
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: sugarcane, mud, filtration, RVF, sugar
ISBN: 9781611223569
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 2014 Nova Science Publishers
Deposited On: 28 Aug 2014 01:39
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2015 15:14

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