International Sugar Journal

Monitoring mud consistency at sugarcane factories to improve mud filtration [Full subscriber]

Abstract The clarification and filter stations of the raw sugar factory are some of the last remaining sections that have not been automated. Mud conditioning parameters and characteristics, however, have not been clearly defined or measured, causing supervisors and even experienced operators to rely heavily on visual assessment of the quality of the mud.  Moreover, mud “flowability” cannot always be predicted by viscosity (resistance to applied torque) due to surface tension and density effects. This study was undertaken to find a simple instrument which could be used at the stations to produce a reliable quantitative value on mud “flowability,” to…

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