Development of a Multi Feed Pelletizer for the Production of Organic Fertilizer
American Journal of Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Volume 1, Issue 2, June 2017, Pages: 44-48
Received: Mar. 13, 2017; Accepted: Apr. 15, 2017; Published: Jun. 2, 2017
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Ilesanmi Afolabi Daniyan, Department of Mechanical & Mechatronics Engineering, Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria
Omokhuale Marcus Akhere, Department of Mechanical & Mechatronics Engineering, Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria
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Abstract
Organic fertilizer is the end product obtained by converting organic wastes such as crop residue, urban waste, poultry dropping and animal dung etc. into a useable fertilizer by composting. In this study, a screw type multi feed pelletizing machine was designed and fabricated. The machine essentially consists of a single phase 3 kW electric motor, 50 mm shaft, screw auger, pelletizer barrel, ball bearing, pulley, 8 mm thick V-belt. The dimension of the machine frame is 800 × 500 × 600 mm. The shaft transmits motion by means of a 3 kW electric motor. The output pellet was formed by compacting the compost through a die opening by a mechanical process. The performance of the machine was based on pelleting efficiency, percentage recovery and throughput capacity of the machine, which was determined at three different mesh sizes; 6 mm, 4 mm and 2 mm. The total mass of pellets was observed to increase as mesh size increases, hence pelleting efficiency increases as mesh sizes increases.
Keywords
Composting, Organic Waste, Multi Feed, Organic Fertilizer, Pellet
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Ilesanmi Afolabi Daniyan, Omokhuale Marcus Akhere, Development of a Multi Feed Pelletizer for the Production of Organic Fertilizer, American Journal of Mechanical and Materials Engineering. Vol. 1, No. 2, 2017, pp. 44-48. doi: 10.11648/j.ajmme.20170102.13
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