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Impact Egusi Shelling Machine

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  Transactions of the ASAE. 22 (6): 1264-1269. (doi: 10.13031/2013.35196) @1979
Authors:   E. U. Odigboh

ABSTRACT EGUSI (melon) are protein-rich seeds very important in the Nigerian diet. Mechanized shelling is necessary to remove the tedium involved in manual shelling of the seeds. Relevant physical properties of egusi were determined. A spinning disc sheller was then designed and a prototype which shells by impact and pneumatically cleans the shelled seeds of chaff was constructed and tested. Shelling efficiency was about 96 percent, breakage 8.9 percent and cleaning efficiency practically 100 per-cent at an average capacity of 145 kg/h.

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