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Development and Evaluation of Centrifugal Sheller for Muskmelon Seed

Author Affiliations

  • 1Agro-Produce Processing Division, Central Institute of Agricultural Engineering, Nabi-Bagh, Berasia Road, Bhopal-462 038, MP, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Biological Sci., Volume 2, Issue (3), Pages 7-10, March,10 (2013)

Abstract

A refined design of centrifugal Sheller for muskmelon seed decortications was developed and evaluated. The developed machine has a capacity of 5 kg/h which operates on 1400 r.p.m emery roll speed and seed moisture content of 25 % (w.b), with this optimum condition, the shelling efficiency, seed damage and capacity was 51.0 %, 32 % and 5.0 kg/h, respectively. The decortication cost of muskmelon seed using developed machine was Rs. 1.20 per kg as compared with manual methods of Rs. 100.00.

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