Investigation of bagasse as a thermal insulator
Britton, Paul, Teh, E-Jen, and Close, Donald (2005) Investigation of bagasse as a thermal insulator. Proceedings of the 2005 Conference of the Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists. 27th Annual Conference Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists , 3-6 May 2005, Bundaberg, QLD, Australia , pp. 462-471.
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The Sugar industry has played a significant role in producing agriculture-based revenue for the Australian economy. However, intense competition from several countries has resulted in reduced sugar profitability. The current economic condition of the Australian sugar industry may be improved by the utilisation of its by-products. One of the main by-products of raw sugar production is bagasse. Bagasse is the cellulose fibrous matter remaining after the extraction of juice from the cane stalk. The objective of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of bagasse as a thermal insulator. This is achieved by measuring the thermal conductivity of bagasse using a guarded-hot-plate apparatus, across ranges of mean fibre size and material density. An error analysis was also carried out to determine the confidence level of the experimental data obtained. Results from the investigation show that the thermal conductivity of unprocessed bagasse falls within the range of values normally associated with thermal insulation materials. Hence, with further treatment for fire retarding and density reduction, bagasse has potential as an insulation material.
|Item Type:||Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)|
|Keywords:||bagasse; experimental; guarded hot plate; insulation; statistics; thermal conductivity|
|FoR Codes:||09 ENGINEERING > 0910 Manufacturing Engineering > 091012 Textile Technology @ 50%|
09 ENGINEERING > 0915 Interdisciplinary Engineering > 091505 Heat and Mass Transfer Operations @ 50%
|SEO Codes:||86 MANUFACTURING > 8604 Leather Products, Fibre Processing and Textiles > 860499 Leather Products, Fibre Processing and Textiles not elsewhere classified @ 34%|
85 ENERGY > 8507 Energy Conservation and Efficiency > 850799 Energy Conservation and Efficiency not elsewhere classified @ 33%
86 MANUFACTURING > 8601 Processed Food Products and Beverages (excl. Dairy Products) > 860199 Processed Food Products and Beverages (excl. Dairy Products) not elsewhere classified @ 33%
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