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Design of an Experimental Rig for Testing Multipurpose Blades
International Journal of Sustainable and Green Energy
Volume 5, Issue 2, March 2016, Pages: 19-26
Received: Feb. 11, 2016; Accepted: Feb. 28, 2016; Published: Mar. 21, 2016
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Bala Gambo Jahun, Department of Agricultural and Bioresource Engineering Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, Nigeria
Fati Adamu Astapawa, Department of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering, Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola, Nigeria
Balogun Shuaibu Alani, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi, Nigeria
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The design of experimental rig for testing multipurpose blades was done to come up with a good blade that would be suitable for the pulverization of oil palm fronds and reduce toque, noise and vibration and fuel consumption during field operations. A good consideration on the strength of soil and fronds was done during the design. Mild steel was chosen for the frame design. From the design, work done to till the soil was found to be 34785.5Nm, diameter of the shaft was calculated to be 30mm, power transmitted by the belt and pulley is 104.4KN which falls between 20-150Kw and belt type D was selected. Belt length was 1,071.3mm which is within the standard length of 3127mm and belt D3127-IS: 2494 was selected. The electric motor to drive the blades carrier considering the power transmitted a 3Hp was selected and a gear motor to drive the experimental rig 4Hp was selected. It is expected that it would guide the manufacturers and stake holders in the oil palm industry to adopt better tractor mounted Mulcher for discarding oil palm fronds waste.
Experimental Rig, Blades, Crop Residues, Fronds, Mulching
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Bala Gambo Jahun, Fati Adamu Astapawa, Balogun Shuaibu Alani, Design of an Experimental Rig for Testing Multipurpose Blades, International Journal of Sustainable and Green Energy. Vol. 5, No. 2, 2016, pp. 19-26. doi: 10.11648/j.ijrse.20160502.12
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