Establishing the Amount of Grain Breakage Taking Place in Bulk Maize during Conveyance through the Drag Chain Conveyor

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dc.contributor.author Maranga, S.M.
dc.contributor.author Mwaro, W.B.
dc.contributor.author Ikua, S.M.
dc.contributor.author Kanali, C.L.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-26T14:28:01Z
dc.date.accessioned 2013-07-19T07:42:44Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-26T14:28:01Z
dc.date.available 2013-07-19T07:42:44Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.uri http://elearning.jkuat.ac.ke/journals/ojs/index.php/sri/article/view/419/379
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/1587
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/723
dc.description An article presented in Sustainable Research and Innovation Proceedings 2012 en_US
dc.description.abstract The continued increase in human population in the world has continued to put pressure on the available food resources. In this regard, the need to uphold high quality standards in food grains has continued to be paramount. Grain damage during conveyance in bulk through a grain handling facility is of great concern and various studies have been carried out to establish the extent to which various equipment in the handling facility do contribute to grain breakage. In this study, the amount of grain breakage taking place during conveyance of bulk grain through the drag chain conveyor with steel flights was established. Samples of maize grains were obtained from a selected number of drag chain conveyors in three grain handling facilities at the National Cereals and Produce Board and the amount of broken grains was established through a standard procedure. The results showed that a drag chain conveyor with steel flights can cause up to 2.63% grain breakage in bulk maize grains during conveyance. It was also established that grain breakage increases with decrease in conveyor loading and grain moisture content. Grain breakage was also found to increase with repeated handling. The findings in this study will aid in the selection of the grain handling equipment as well as in the design improvement of the drag chain conveyor system. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher JKUAT en_US
dc.subject drag chain conveyor en_US
dc.subject grain breakage en_US
dc.subject grain handling facility en_US
dc.subject grain quality en_US
dc.title Establishing the Amount of Grain Breakage Taking Place in Bulk Maize during Conveyance through the Drag Chain Conveyor en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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