Design, fabrication and testing of a cassava pelletizer
O.B. Oduntan, O.A. Koya, M.O. Faborodehttps://doi.org/10.17221/77/2012-RAECitation:Oduntan O.B., Koya O.A., Faborode M.O. (2014): Design, fabrication and testing of a cassava pelletizer. Res. Agr. Eng., 60: 148-154.
This paper reports on the design of fabrication and testing of a machine for cottage level production of pellets from cassava mash. The pelletizer consists of a barreled screw auger which compresses cassava mash against perforated end plate, through which the pellets are pelletized. The result derived from the calculated design parameters (shaft diameter, tensile stress, torque, screw length, volumetric capacity mass flow rate and power rating) were used for the fabrication. The testing of the pelletizer was determined in terms of throughput of the machine, against the moisture content of the mash (18, 20 and 22% w.b.), die size (4, 6 and 8 mm) and the auger speed (90, 100 and 120 rpm). Test results showed that the pellets with the best quality attributes were obtained from cassava mash at 18% moisture content (w.b.) through the 4 mm die at 90 rpm and a maximum throughput of 54 kg/h.Keywords:
pellets; machine; throughput; moisture; speed