Performance evaluation of a locally developed cassava chipping machine
South African Journal of Industrial Engineering
Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Agriculture, Nigeria; Department of Mechanical Engineering, Federal University of Technology, Nigeria
A cassava chipping machine was designed and constructed, and its performance evaluated. The results showed that motor speed has significant effects on chipping capacity, chipping efficiency, and chips geometry. The higher the motor speed, the higher the chipping capacity and the lower the chipping efficiency of the machine. The machine has a maximum capacity of 245 kgh-1 at 500 rpm, and maximum chipping efficiency of 92.6% at a speed of 300 rpm. The overall best performance of the machine is obtained at a speed of 400 rpm with chipping efficiency of 86.5% and chipping capacity of 240 kgh-1.
Motor speed; Plants (botany); Efficiency