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Effect of Moisture and Axes Orientation on the Mechanical Properties of the Myrobalan Fruits and its Seed Under Compressive Loading

Effect of Moisture and Axes Orientation on the Mechanical Properties of the Myrobalan Fruits and... The main objective of inducted research was to test mechanical properties of two myrobalan fruits Terminalia bellerica and Terminalia chebula based on variation in the moisture content and the loading position of the fruit and its seed along the longitudinal, intermediate and transverse axes. The mechanical properties were tested in terms of deformation, rupture force, toughness and energy absorbed. The results revealed that the forces required to deform the Terminalia chebula whole fruit (163.09 N) and seed (890.53 N) were minimum along the transverse axis, while for the Terminalia bellerica it was found to be minimum along longitudinal axis for both whole fruit (725.25 N) and seed (554.84 N) at 4% (wet basis) moisture content. The increase in the moisture content of the fruit and seed showed an increase in the deformation as elasticity increased, while the toughness of the fruit decreased from 0.90 to 0.13 mJ/cm3. The obtained results find its application in the designing of various unit operation equipments such as decorticator and graders. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of The Institution of Engineers (India): Series A Springer Journals

Effect of Moisture and Axes Orientation on the Mechanical Properties of the Myrobalan Fruits and its Seed Under Compressive Loading

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Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © The Institution of Engineers (India) 2020
ISSN
2250-2149
eISSN
2250-2157
DOI
10.1007/s40030-020-00476-y
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Abstract

The main objective of inducted research was to test mechanical properties of two myrobalan fruits Terminalia bellerica and Terminalia chebula based on variation in the moisture content and the loading position of the fruit and its seed along the longitudinal, intermediate and transverse axes. The mechanical properties were tested in terms of deformation, rupture force, toughness and energy absorbed. The results revealed that the forces required to deform the Terminalia chebula whole fruit (163.09 N) and seed (890.53 N) were minimum along the transverse axis, while for the Terminalia bellerica it was found to be minimum along longitudinal axis for both whole fruit (725.25 N) and seed (554.84 N) at 4% (wet basis) moisture content. The increase in the moisture content of the fruit and seed showed an increase in the deformation as elasticity increased, while the toughness of the fruit decreased from 0.90 to 0.13 mJ/cm3. The obtained results find its application in the designing of various unit operation equipments such as decorticator and graders.

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Journal of The Institution of Engineers (India): Series ASpringer Journals

Published: Dec 19, 2020

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