PERFORMANCE EFFICIENCY MODEL OF AN INTEGRATED PALM-NUT CRACKER AND KERNEL-SHELL SEPARATOR

Eyitope Israel Alade, Olufemi Adebola Koya, Babatunde Victor Omidiji

Abstract


A mathematical model for predicting the performance efficiency of an integrated palm-nut cracker and kernel-shell separator was developed using dimensional analysis based on Buckingham’s π theorem. The developed performance model was iterated in Matrix Laboratory (MATLAB), to predict the efficiencies, by varying the parameters of the materials in contact. The predicted performance efficiencies ranged between 88.26 – 99.98%, while the evaluated performance efficiencies were in the range of 56.16 – 96.57%. The correlation between the predicted and experimental numerical values using MINITAB 17 suggested relationship and validity of the developed model (optimum r2 = 99.6%).


Keywords


performance efficiency, cracking efficiency, separation efficiency, dimensional analysis, palm nut

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