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# Cane Preparation Equipment

Cane Preparation Equipment Installed Power Specific Power Tip Speed Tip Clearance [kW/tfh] [m/s] [mm] Leveller knives 6 50 1000 First knives 15 60 150 Second knives (heavy duty) 30 60 50 Shredder 60 100 Total 111 Southern African industry average 84

## Installed Specific Power for Milling

Table of required installed power for a milling tandem Number of Mills Four mills Five mills Six mills Diffuser + two mills Specific Power per Mill [kW/tfh] 22 20 18 25

## Mill Capacity Calculations

There are a large number of formulae for the calculation of the capacity of a milling tandem. Hugot gives the following formula: A = 0.9 cnN(1-0.06nD)LD2/f where

c is a factor dependent on the cane preparation equipment, c = 1.3 if the tandem is preceded by a shredder n is the mill speed in rev/min N is the number of rollers in the tandem L is the length of the roll in metres D is the mean diameter of the rollers in metres f is the fibre percent cane

The problem with M. Hugot's equation is that is a function of the square of the mill speed, which means mathematically that the mill capacity will increase with speed, reach a

maximum and then deacrease, as the speed increases. This could be interpreted in an engineering sense that the mill will have an optimum speed to operate at beyond which the capacity deacreses due to slippage of bagasse in the mill. It does not seem prudent to design the mills so that the capacity could be in the decreasing region.

## Mill and Trash Plate Setting

Setting a mill includes the calculation of the openings between the various mill rolls and well as the shape and position of the trashplate. The work openings are calculated first. The work openings are the gaps between the top roll and the feed roll on the one hand and the opening between the top roll and the discharge roll on the other, when the mill is in operation. The next step is to calculate the set openings, that is, what the gaps should be when the mill is empty. The positions of of the mill rolls and the trashplate are adjusted until the set openings are achieved.

Geometry of Mills

Tooth Profile

## Mill Geometry Parameters

Top roll mean diameter [mm] Discharge roll mean diameter [mm] Feed roll mean diameter [mm] Tooth Pitch [mm] Tooth Flat [mm] MDT MDD MDF TP Tfl

## Tang Tdepth = (TP - Tfl) / (2 tan(Tang / 2)) lroll

Vertical distance between top and side roll centres at rest [mm] Vrest

## Mill Operating Parameters

Cane throughput [ton cane/h] Fibre content of cane as a percentage Mill lift [mm] Fibre throughput[kg/min] Fibre fill in the discharge opening [kg/m3] Fibre fill in the feed opening [kg/m3] Speed of top roll [rpm] tch f%c l fibrethput = tch 1000/60 f%c ffD ffF = ffD / millratio n

## Ratio of feed opening to discharge opening in the working position millratio

Calculations
Average peripheral velocity of top/feed rolls [mm/min] vTF = 2 n 0.5 (MDT + MDF) / 2

Average peripheral velocity of top/discharge rolls [mm/min] vTD = 2 n 0.5 (MDT + MDD / 2 Escribed volume in the discharge opening [m3/min] Discharge Work Opening [mm] Escribed volume in the feed opening [m3/min] Feed Work Opening [mm] Top - Feed roll Centres (Working) [mm] Top - Discharge roll Centres (Working) [mm] volEscrD = fibrethput / ffD woD = volEscrD/ (vTD lroll)/1000 volescrF = fibrethput / ffF woF = volEscrF/ (vTF lroll)/1000 TF = MDT / 2 + MDF / 2 + woF TD = MDT / 2 + MDD / 2 + woD

Horizontal distance between top roll and feed roll centres HF = (TF2 - (Vrest + l)2) [mm]

Horizontal distance between top roll and discharge roll HD = (TD2 - (Vrest + l)2) centres [mm] Set feed opening (Tip to Bottom) [mm] Set discharge opening (Tip to Bottom) [mm] soF = (HF2 + Vrest2) - MDT / 2 + MDF / 2 soD = (HD2 + Vrest2) - MDT / 2 + MDD / 2

## Trash Plate Settings

There are a number of methods of setting out a trashplate for a mill, these are discussed by Hugot, Handbook of Cane Sugar Engineering, Jenkins, Introduction to Cane Sugar Technology, 1966 and Maxwell, Modern Milling of Sugar Cane, 1932. In addition a number of papers discussing this topic have been published among them Ashe, GG, SASTA, 1963 and Van Hengel, A and Douwes Dekker, K, SASTA, 1958. Each factory that I have knowledge of has their own idiosyncratic method of laying out a trashplate, but when analysed all these methods amount to much the same thing. Hugot notes that the ideal shape of a trashplate is the logarithmic spiral, and points out that the simplest approximation to this is an arc whose center is offset from the centre point (in the working position) of the top roll along a horizontal line towards the discharge roll. The logarithmic spiral can be calculated in a spreadsheet and then set out in a cad drawing, the approximate arc can then fitted to the logarithmic spiral

## Mill Pinions or Crown Wheels

There are normally three mill pinions on a cane sugar mill; one on each of the mill rolls, namely

## Top roll Feed roll Discharge roll

In mill with and underfeed roll (also known as a the fourth roll) there is often a additional pair of mill pinions. The underfeed roll is driven by a pinion mounted on the non-drive end (also called the pintle end) of the top roll. Whereas the mill crown wheels all have an equal number of teeth the gears driving the underfeed roll are often speed reducing. the purpose of the mill pinions is to transmit torque from the top roll to the other mill rolls. The feed and discharge rolls normally run at the same rotational speed as the top roll. Unlike normal gears in a normal gearbox, mill pinions need to able to accomodate a changing centre distance. This is for three reasons

The top roll floats, so the centre distance changes from second to second

The fibre content of the cane changes and to accomodate this, the mill rolls centre distance is checked and adjusted weekly. The mill rolls wear and to accomodate this wear the centre distcance will change from season to season.

The change in operating centre distance means the pinion tooth profiles need to be sufficiently flexible to accomodate these changes. Contrary to what has been written in Dr Rein's book, Cane Sugar Engineering by Bruce St C Moor it is essential that the tooth profile is involute, no other tooth profile can accomodate a changing centre distance. What is clear though, is that a mill pinion tooth profile can not be in accordance with the two current AGMA tooth profile standards. The AGMA standards are based on fixed centre distances. AGMA Standard Gears and Mill Pinions Parameter AGMA 20 and 25 Mill Pinion Tooth Profile Involute Involute Pressure Angle 20 or 25 16 to 20 Addendum 1/P 1.1/P Dedendum 1.25/P 1.5/P to 1.9/P Fillet Radius 0.3/P 0.6/P to 0.75/P Circular Tooth Thickness 0.5/P 0.4/P to 0.45/P While the tooth profile of a mill pinion is an involute curve, this fact is not helpful to th pattern maker in the foundry where the pinion will be cast. The involute curve is approximated by two arcs: one from the base circle to the pitch circle, the second arc extends from the pitch circle to the start of the tip radius of the tooth.

Mill Bearings
Bearing Pressures
The maximum pressure that a bearing can withstand is mainly a function of the bearing material. The bronzes that are common in sugar mills have a recommended maximum bearing pressures of up to 100 MPa for phosphor bronze and 50 MPa for tin-bronzes. Standard sugar mill practise limits the bearing pressure to about 10 MPa.

## Materials For Plain Bearings

The two essential elements in a plain bearing are the bearing or bearing material itself, and the shaft or moving member. The bearing or bearing material is located in a housing or structure, and may or may not be integral with it. Separating these two elements is the lubricant, introduced, generally in the case of sugar mills, by external pressure feeding. The material of the shaft or journal is established from considerations of strength and rigidity, and will invariably be steel.

Because the conditions under which bearings must operate in service may vary over a wide range, it is necessary that bearing materials be used which have certain desirable properties. Amongst these we must include such factors as

mechanical strength; softness and low melting point; low modulus of elasticity; corrosion resistance; high thermal conductivity; and of course, economic considerations.

Since these factors cannot all be obtained to a desirable degree in a single material, it is necessary in practice to make a compromise.

## The most common bearing materials consist of

a. white metals, b. copperbase alloys, and c. aluminium-base alloys. White Metal

White metals is a term used to include the tin and lead-base metals, broadly referred to as Babbitts (after Isaac Babbitt, 1839), and since such metals are highly competitive, they are recommended for most applications where the loading is not severe. Babbitt bearings are manufactured with the white metal lined onto steel, cast iron and copper base alloys. Since white metal suffers a reduction in fatigue strength with increase in temperature, and this reduction is a function of thickness, it is usual to limit the thickness to between about 0.1000.175 mm, and thicknesses of only 0.025-0.050 mm are used with copperlead over the backup material. White metal is not commonly used as a sgar mill bearing material
Copper-base Alloys

Copper-base alloys including lead-bronze, gun-metal and phosphor-bronze are widely used as bearing materials. Lead-bronze is the cheapest, and is used for general service bearings. It has a low tendency to seizure, in common with the white metal bearings, and has greater fatigue strength to withstand higher temperatures. Lead bronze bushes are frequently used in the form of single, solid units, i.e. as bushes without the supporting shell surrounding the bearing material, as is required of the Babbitt or white metal bearing materials. Gun-metal provides a relatively cheap and easy to machine material, having good bearing properties and capable of withstanding somewhat higher loads than the lead-bronze alloys. This alloy also has good resistance to corrosion in sea water. Phosphor-bronze is used for heavily loaded bearings, where high frictional stresses are likely to occur. Because of the high hardness of this material, it demands the use of a hardened steel journal.

## Typical Sugar Mill Bearings

Rein in Cane Sugar Engineering states that typically sugar mill bearings are tin bronzes with the following composition
Cu 84% Sn 10% Pb 3% Zn 3%

Lubrication
Sugar mill shafts do not turn sufficiently fast for a hydrodynamic film of lubricant to be formed between the journal and the bearing. Consequently hydrostatic lubrication is required. This is achieved by supplying lubricant to the bearing under pressure. Under these conditions, attention must be given to the adequate supply of lubricant at all times, and in particular to the location of oil supply holes and grooves. Bitumin based lubricants are often used in sugar mill bearings.

Specific roll loads are in the range of 2 to 3 MN per square metre of projected roll area. This together with the allowable bearing pressure mentioned above indicates that the total bearing area should be about 20% to 30% of the projected roll area It is usual practise to allow the top roll of a sugar mill to float in the vertical direction to:

keep a nearly constant pressure on the mat of bagasse in the mill allow some throughput variation without sacrificing extraction protect the mill from damage from tramp iron

Typically hydraulic rams together with a gas accumulator provide the downward force on the bearing caps to resist the upward force of the bagasse on the mill roll. The gas accumulator acts as an air spring. The hydraulic oil in the system is not compressible, but the gas in the accumulator is and it is this gas that has the give that allows the roll to float. The gas in the accumulator is precharged with a particular gas pressure. The higher the precharge pressure the softer the spring rate. A low precharge pressure will make the system very stiff and may not allow sufficient float to let tramp iron through the mill, which may cause damage. A high precharge pressure will make the system very soft and the top roll bearing may continually rise up to its maximum lift. This means the mill headstock may be subjected to very high forces, not anticipated in design. The correct precharge pressure which ensures that the top roll floats about its design position is important to ensure good extraction and to protect the mill from damage