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Estimating Lint Cleaner Waste Flow-Rate

D.P. Whitelock and S.J. Thomson


Knowledge of the mass flow-rate of cotton and its by-products produced during ginning should improve process control. Tests of a previously developed device were conducted to evaluate its capabilities in measuring mass-flow of lint-cleaner-waste (LCW) in the lint-cleaner-exhaust of both a small research gin and a full-size, commercial gin. Results of regression analysis of data collected in the research gin revealed a good correlation (R2 = 0.88) between sensor output and actual mass flow-rate of LCW through the device. The sensor was then reconfigured and installed and tested in a commercial gin. Linear regression analysis revealed a high correlation (R2 = 0.95) between sensor output and the amount of LCW that passed through the device during tests in the commercial gin.

Reprinted from Proceedings of the 1998 Beltwide Cotton Conferences pp. 1701 - 1705
©National Cotton Council, Memphis TN

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