International Sugar Journal

Permeability and diffusivity properties of bagasse stockpiles* [Full subscriber]

Abstract The retention of fuel quality (heating value) and avoidance of spontaneous combustion are two critical issues in the large scale storage of bagasse. A computer model to predict degradation and heating in bagasse stockpiles has been developed at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). The acquisition of reliable experimental data relating to fluid flow through compacted bagasse is critical to the accuracy of this computer model as a predictive tool in the effective design and operation of bagasse stockpiles. Laboratory test equipment was designed to measure two bagasse properties that have significant effects on the oxidation (heating) and subsequent deterioration…

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