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Title The calorific value and compressive strength properties of composite briquettes from agro waste
Journal International journal of Engineering And Applied Science
Publisher Faculty of Engineering, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka Nigeria.
Issue 1
ISSN 1119-8109
Pages 34-37
Subject Production Engineering
Date of Publication 2010

AUTHOR(S) J.O. Osarenmwinda, O.I. Ihenyen

ABSTRACT

The calorific value and compressive strength properties of composite briquettes from agro waste (palm kernel shell and groundnut shell) using starch as a binder have been investigated. The briquettes were produced with various composition of agro waste (palm kernel shell and groundnut shell) particle size of 100µm and starch binder concentration of 5% of the oven dry weight of agro waste. The briquette producing machine of 10 tonnnes capacity was used to produce various composition of briquette and the composite briquettes produced were evaluated for calorific value, ash content, compressive strength, density and moisture content properties. The results showed that calorific value and compressive strength increased as the palm kernel shell composition in the briquette increased. The optimum briquette calorific value and compressive strength was 16.65 Mj/Kg and of 2587.96 N/m2 respectively.


Keywords: Briquette; starch; palm kernel shell; groundnut shell; calorific value; compressive strength




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