MODIFICATION OF AN ENGINE POWERED KNEADER FOR GROUNDNUT OIL EXTRACTION
An engine powered groundnut oil kneader was modified and fabricated to address the challenges of the traditional method of oil extraction. The working principle was based on a rotational viscometer, in which the viscous flow drag of rotating a body immersed in a fluid is measured as a function of speed. The machine was fabricated and evaluated for its performance in terms of its kneading time and throughput capacity. In addition to reducing the drudgery involved in the existing manual machines, grinding unit and kneading cylinder were incorporated. Test result shows a substantial savings in kneading time. Kneading time was reduced by 85% and the throughput capacity of the machine in terms of weight of oil extracted per unit time was found to be 78.98kg/hr, as compared to the existing once that kneaded 35.2kg/hr and 46.3kg/hr.
Authors : J. Mikailu, W. Z. Joseph, and I. Vanke
Category : Open Access Volume (Issue) : 4(1) Date Uploaded : 9th October 2018