International Sugar Journal

Design considerations of platforms for trapezoidal frame pendulum style fugals [Full subscriber]

Abstract Most sugar mills today utilize pendulum style fugals (centrifuges) for batch operations. This type of centrifuge minimizes forces transmitted to the factory platform which is especially important for poorly purging massecuite. The newer trapezoidal frame “stand-alone” fugal has installation advantages and more open access for easier maintenance. Thus, it has found favor over older designs. However, platform vibration can still be problematic for the “stand-alone” fugal as the heavy motor is positioned well above the platform floor; in contrast to older designs where support beams are directly beneath the motor. In some cases the “stand-alone” fugal rocks on the…

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