alexa Abstract | Physico-mechanical and combustion analysis of briquettes produced from bambaranut shell

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This study was conducted to investigate the possibility of utilization of bambaranut shell in briquette production. Bambaranut shell was pulverized and densified into briquettes by a screw press (pressure 12.3kpa) using starch as a binder. Proximate analyses of the bambaranut shell and bambaranut shell briquette were determined. The physiomechanical and combustion properties of the produced briquettes were also determined. Results showed that bambaranut shell had moisture content 6.4%, volatile matter content 73.31%, ash content 4.25%, fixed carbon 16.02% and calorific value 18.90MJ/kg. Proximate analysis of the briquettes showed moisture content 7.38%, fixed carbon content 15.71%, ash content 3.51%, volatile matter content 73.40%, and calorific value 22.10MJ/kg. Assessment of the mechanical characteristics showed relaxed density (at 7days) 0.950g/cm3, porosity index 1.81, and durability 83%, while combustion analysis showed ignition time 18.05secs, water boiling time 18.36 minutes, and burning time 33mins. The physical, mechanical and combustion analysis proved that bambaranut shell which is mainly regarded as a waste is very suitable for briquette production

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Author(s): Ilochi N O Ikelle I I Ehiri R C IgwebikeOssi C D and Anyigor M C


Bambaranut, Briquette, Fuel, Starch, analysis

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