A new design of jigger system to improve pan performance

Rackemann, Darryn W. & Broadfoot, Ross (2007) A new design of jigger system to improve pan performance. In International Society of Sugar Cane Technologists.

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A new jigger system has been designed by SRI to boost circulation and heat transfer rates in vacuum pans. The jigger system injects and distributes numerous small bubbles of steam/incondensible gases at controllable rates into the base of the pan. Circulation is improved through a combination of the rising bubbles and the increased heat transfer that results from the increased velocity of massecuite through the tubes. The jigger system offers benefits to the pan’s performance throughout the entire pan cycle.

Trials were undertaken during the 2004 and 2005 seasons on batch and continuous pans in Australia to determine the performance during operation with and without the jigger system. The performance was assessed by taking circulation measurements using anemometer probes, measuring heat transfer from the calandria section of the pan, monitoring the calandria pressure and steam flow rate during operation and monitoring the production rate of massecuite.

The installation of the jigger system shows substantial performance improvements including: • Reduced calandria pressure; • Improved heat transfer coefficients; • Increased circulation velocities; • Shorter batch pan cycle times; and • Production of massecuites at higher brix.

Additional advantages of the jigger system include: • Relatively cheap and low maintenance; • Reduced need for balance water and the use of surfactants; and • The pipework system does not block with massecuite so non-return valves are not required.

The jigger system can be retrofitted to existing batch and continuous pans of any design.

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ID Code: 9307
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Access to the author-version is currently restricted pending permission from the publisher. For more information, please refer to the journal’s website (see link) or contact the author. Author contact details: d.rackemann@qut.edu.au
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Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > INTERDISCIPLINARY ENGINEERING (091500) > Heat and Mass Transfer Operations (091505)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CHEMICAL ENGINEERING (090400) > Chemical Engineering Design (090403)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 International Society of Sugar Cane Technologists
Deposited On: 04 Sep 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:32

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