International Sugar Journal

Comparative performance of factory clarifiers with automatic or pump mud extraction systems [Full subscriber]

Abstract A comparative investigation between two high retention time (HRT) clarifiers operating in parallel with different mud extraction systems was undertaken to evaluate their performance across the 2019 processing season at one Louisiana sugarcane factory.  The factory operated a hot lime clarification process.  One clarifier had an automatic (gravity) mud extraction (AMEC) system and the other a pump mud extraction (PMEC) system. Sample collection included five samples of Heated Limed Flash Juice (HLFJ), Clear Juice (CJ), and Mud, taking into account retention times, with a 30 min interval between sampling. Sampling periods were repeated six times during the processing season,…

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