International Sugar Journal

Estimating bagasse production † [Full subscriber]

Bagasse production is rarely measured directly. While several equations have been developed to calculate bagasse production from measured quantities, they all have some limitations. This paper introduces a new model for calculating bagasse production, based on an insoluble solids mass balance. The model has been shown to produce an average mass balance closure error over a crushing season of less than 2% cane. The model highlights the importance of the insoluble ash content in cane as a parameter affecting bagasse mass calculations. This parameter is not routinely measured at many factories. This model is complex compared with previous models for…

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