Integration of a cob separation system into a biomass harvesting combine

dc.contributor.advisor Stuart J. Birrell Johnson, Jeremiah
dc.contributor.department Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering 2018-08-11T17:02:36.000 2020-06-30T02:34:19Z 2020-06-30T02:34:19Z Fri Jan 01 00:00:00 UTC 2010 2013-06-05 2010-01-01
dc.description.abstract <p>Before the invention of a combine harvester, corn was picked on the ear and threshed later. This led to an availability of corn cobs and many uses were found. A renewed interest in the heat/energy value of the cob has increased the focus on harvesting corn cobs. A corn cob separation system was developed and installed on a single pass biomass harvesting combine. The system included a blower and two fans and the combine was capable of harvesting grain only, grain and stover, and grain and cobs. The cob separation system was evaluated using a stationary test with earcorn and stover bales with minimal field testing to validate the lab tests. The stationary tests evaluated 5 different separation zone configurations, 2 blower speeds, and 2 fan speeds. Cob purity averaged 71% and the collection efficiency averaged 84% with fan power consumption of 20 and 36 kW and blower power consumption of 3.1 and 5.3 kW. Field tests showed cob purity averages of 84% while the collection efficiency averaged 76%.</p>
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dc.subject.disciplines Bioresource and Agricultural Engineering
dc.title Integration of a cob separation system into a biomass harvesting combine
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